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Private Viking Walk of York
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Private Viking Walk of York

By York City Walls
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Ages 0-85
Duration: 90–120 minutes
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Live guide: English
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  • Tour escort/host
  • Private walking tour
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Stop at Viking-themed bar in York (additional fee)
  • Entry/Admission - Jorvik Viking Centre
  • Entry/Admission - York Castle Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Clifford's Tower


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We will meet you at the reception of your hotel, or alternatively anywhere of your choosing (for example we can meet you after lunch at your restaurant, or alternatively finish the tour somewhere where you can get something to eat / drink)
  • Roman Column, 11 Minster Yard, York YO1 7HH, UK Outside York Minster near the entrance to the gift shop is the Roman Column. Its easy to find and right in the centre of town, a great place to meet!
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32407P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Roman Column
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    York City Walls
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    St. Mary's Abbey
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    York Minster
  • 3
    Jorvik Viking Centre
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    Shambles
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    York Castle Museum
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 6
    Clifford's Tower
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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York City Walls
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  • N8699PYpeterw
    N8699PYpeterw
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    Amazing Walls around the city
    Full of history and great walks around the city. So much to see along the way, you just have to do it.
  • 0Pete_23
    0Pete_23
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    Walk the walls
    The walls do not now encircle the whole of York but there is still plenty of wall to walk. You don’t necessarily have to do it all in one go but it is worth trying to do the entire walk, especially as its free. From the wall you get good views of York and in certain locations there are boards explaining what you can see.
  • Flyingboy58
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    Walls.
    The walk on the walls is great. There are a lot of the walls left and they have open access. It’s easy if you can walk reasonable. And it’s so cool that this still exists and they allow such freedom is seeing it.
  • Roy581
    Roy581
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    Self Guided Walk
    If you want to do this walk all at once you should be reasonably fit. There are places where there is no hand rails which could be a hazard. It gives you a view of all the different areas of the city and is worth doing if you have the time and energy.
  • Layla K
    Layla K
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    Great way to spend a couple of hours
    Great walk round York City walls. With exception of a couple of breaks in the wall it’s amazing to see how intact they are. We had a lovely day for it and it was well worth doing the entire walk. Great free experience and way to see a bit more of York on a crazy busy Saturday shopping day!!
  • BostonJandP
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    Add some perspective to the City
    A different way to view York. Surprisingly the wall goes about 1/2 way around the City and then you can follow the rest of the wall by walking along the streets. You can enter the wall for free and don't have to pay for a tour.
  • lucybY9113FQ
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    Awesome
    This was something we were told 'we should do' and it didn't disappoint. We walked from Red Tower to Fishergate Postern Tower, I don't do heights so had been worried as I'd read some parts of the walls don't have a barrier along the wall, this part didn't, but it wasn't high enough to need it. It was a great way to see the city and all of us (2adults and 2 teens) enjoyed it. Glad we did it. At Fishergate, we then went into Witherspoon's for some food and a drink.
  • 141jeng
    141jeng
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    A must when visiting York!
    A beautiful sunny Mknday morning, and we explored the walls. We walked all around and saw the stunning York from them. A must when visiting York!
  • MissMercury_1
    MissMercury_1
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    No trip to York would be complete without doing this!
    No trip to York would be complete without having walked along some of the city's famous wall! It's very interesting to see the different views and historic original features. There are benches for you to stop and rest. Some sections of wall are higher than others. The highest section we went on had a railing to stop people falling off the edge but the lower sections don't have this. There was a section we walked on that had both sides complete. There are hand rails up the steps on the entrances to the wall, which are needed because they're steep. The walls aren't disabled or pushchair friendly but I'd definitely recommend walking on them if you're able to! A must-do!
  • Laurie V
    Laurie V
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    Think twice about this one
    I booked the York Walls private tour weeks in advance. The tour guide did not show for the tour. Numerous attempts were made to call and email the week of the tour with no response from the tour guide. Viator’s response when I called was for them to also call and send another email. When they could not reach the tour guide, I was told to go at the time I included in my email then cancel if the tour guide does not show up. The refund process was cumbersome with the refund taking up to seven days.
  • faye57
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    Well maintained extensive wall
    I like city walls. Even better if you don't have to scoot over when people are approaching. No railing, but the drop does not look fatal. Just a roll down the hill. There are 4 bars which elsewhere would be Gates, some towers and lookouts. You can enter or leave the walls at each bar. Views into different neighborhoods.
  • royv647
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    Terrific that the walls still exist
    This morning we walked the York city walls. We walked the whole lot , took many photos, admired many places from the walls, great views of the Minster. Took us a leisurely 3 hours, it was pure pleasure to walk this ancient wall that protected the old city of York for generations. It must have been a lot of hard work and skill that saw it completed. Sure glad the move to demolished the wall years ago failed, well done to those that had the foresight to keep it, what a draw card it is now for the city. Loved our time on the wall.
  • I4183OYjudithc
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    Yorks incredible history
    Hadnt done the walls walk for many many years, and I live in York great views of the city. Woud be nice to have more information points and history along the way.
  • DavidS852
    DavidS852
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    Nice views but no dogs allowed
    Nice walk along the walls but real shame you can’t take dogs. Lots of ways up and down so can join for small sections. Good views across the city.
  • Beccaowl
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    Walked round walls on our own as 11 year old son and mum
    Great free fun with regular info boards giving relevant information as especially like motte and Bailey detail. However, when walls finished we struggled to find next stretch. Must do in York.
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Galya A
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
I really wanted to like this tour, especially because the guide seemed interesting and upbeat. Unfortunately, the reality didn't match my expectations. The tour barely touched on Viking history, and missed half of the proposed itinerary. I can't recommend this tour as it was off topic and didn’t feel like a good value for money.

Despite being promised insights into York's rich Viking history, the tour ended up being incoherent, with hardly any Viking stories. Instead, I got a mix of random facts, mostly focusing on Romans and history as recent as Henry VIII. The tour missed the mark on its Viking theme.

What disappointed me even more was that we didn't visit most of the places listed in the itinerary, such as the Jorvik Viking Center, Castle Museum, cliff tower, and the Viking-themed bar. Considering it was a private tour with just me and the guide, we were extremely mobile and missing all those stops confused me. I asked about the Jorvik center at the end, and the guide informed me it was already closed and I couldn’t visit even by myself. This information should have been communicated earlier so we could adjust the start time, begin the tour there, or at least notify me of potential closures beforehand.

While I understand Viking history is based on folklore, titling a tour "Vikings" is misleading when the tour doesn't live up to that promise. The tour was exactly 1.5 hour long. Overall, it was a disappointing experience.
Written 18 November 2023
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Drsusiefoster
York, UK52 contributions
We had a fascinating tour of a familiar place to us which kept us interested despite the freezing cold weather . We learnt a lot about York we didn’t know and like other reviewers I would say this tour covers vastly more about the history of York than just the Vikings.
The animations of historic buildings were really helpful to visualise what we were seeing when it was originally built.
Johns premise was that history is very subjective, being based on the viewpoints and agendas of whoever wrote it down. Which I agree with. But he also has quite strongly held opinions about early Christianity based on his own reading. As this is an area on which my husband has also read widely with different conclusions there were some uncomfortable moments. I think early on there was the opportunity for John to have tailored some of his talk to the audience which he probably missed.
I would highly recommend this tour but if you hold any strongly held religious belief be prepared for discomfort.
Highlights: The multifaceted tower.
Lowlight: God is a dog on a leash.
Written 7 December 2021
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KimA1979
Manchester, UK110 contributions
I booked this guided walk for me & my 13 year old who is mad on history & especially Vikings. It definitely did not disappoint. John our guide was very knowledgeable and made the walk fun as well as informative. We both came away knowing much more about the history of York than we’d known before. Thank you for a very enjoyable afternoon
Written 1 June 2021
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yorkwalls
thank you so much it was lovely to meet you both!
Written 4 June 2021
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cherlynnmed
Niceville, FL9 contributions
We started off on the York wall discussing the actual age of the wall and how the walls' shape was created from its history. We also discussed some anecdotal stories about the queen and her humor in regard to the wall. We learned about words and phrases that were created through ancient times. We then learned about the vikings' religion and their gods. It was an extremely interesting tour.
Written 18 May 2023
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Robert Snow
Makati, Philippines68 contributions
To begin, John is a very kind, accommodating and well mannered person. That, apart from his immense knowledge of the city’s history, Viking lore, and so much more, made this an incredible experience.

I would recommend this 100% if you’re in the hunt for someone dedicated enough to share his time and mastery of York’s history. Someone dedicated well beyond duty. He addrsssed all my questions, and regaled us with such glorious trivia as we walked the avenues, and walls of the city of York.

We ended up sharing a drink at Valhalla pub as he had a few moments before his next booking. Matt, the owner was very affable himself.

So, now you know, book this trip!

John! I’m looking forward to your interactive York game, it’s looking awesome!
Written 2 June 2019
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yorkwalls
thank you so much for the lovely review and it was one of the best tours we have ever done, it was a pleasure to spend time in your company, hope to see you again someday!
Written 10 July 2019
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Douglas L
2 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Great tour. John our guide was incredibly knowledgeable of the history of York and gave us a perspective we could not have gotten on a larger group tour. He catered the trip utilizing what we already knew and adding a whole layer of history on top. Highly recommended!
Written 1 August 2019
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yorkwalls
thank you for the lovely review, it was a pleasure spending a few hours in your company hope to see you again someday!
Written 2 August 2019
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antonio1416
Hornchurch, UK73 contributions
Tour guide advised a pick up area closer to be able to give us a full tour experience.
Our guide John was very informative and knew the history of York inside and out. Not only covering the Viking eta but also romans until Tudor period
We found it very informative and easy to understand.
My wife who is not a real history buff also said she enjoyed the tour (which is saying something )
Job. Also gave us tips on places to go and see.
I would totally recommend John for a private tour
Written 17 June 2023
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Laura C
2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Walked this with my partner as he loves vikings and the tour guide John was brilliant, he knew what he was talking about and it was so interesting. He took us to some places I would never have known were there, would definitely recommend as we loved it.
Written 5 April 2023
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Aaron Reaney
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Couples
Me and my wife really enjoyed our walk with John our tour guide he was very knowledgeable of the history of york and nordic mythology, we really enjoyed seeing bits that we wouldn't have found otherwise and the history behind places. I would highly recommend booking a tour we are already thinking of doing another one in future
Written 18 February 2023
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Alison K
2 contributions
Jun 2022
Was excellent! He personalized it in a very enjoyable way. I got to learn about stuff I wanted to learn about.
Written 30 June 2022
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