York City Walls
York City Walls
4.5
Ancient RuinsScenic Walking Areas
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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No visit to York is complete without a stroll along part of the 2 miles of historic walls that have protected the city for nearly 2000 years. The walls are completely free to walk, however bespoke guided tours can be booked with your own personal tour guide, meeting you at a time and place to suit you, and showing you the extensive hidden history to be found along the walls.
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  • Paul
    Doncaster, United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would reccomend this.
    Firstly the weather let us down - our photos could have been better with a bit more sun! Disappointing! But My Beautiful Wife and I walked these walls and took in the views of York regardless. Great route, better views, not too busy.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • andrew ross
    Newport, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walked the walls
    We walked the entire walls route for the first time (this was my 3rd visit to York). Really pleasant walk, but the lovely weather did help. Really peaceful & relaxing in places. Highly recommended. Only grumble is that the signposting is a bit vague in the street sections of the route. An official internet based interactive map & guide would be a real bonus.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, United Kingdom6,253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some good views of the city
    As its title, just a walkway along the City Walls, no entrance fee. Just wide enough for two people it provides a good way to see parts of the city. But it seems there are three separate lengths of the wall so you could go up one part and cover a length not so impressive whereas the one near the cathedral gave some good views. Not having walked all three I can't give a comparable view on the different sections.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,046 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’m Giving It an Excellent
    Although the wall walk itself is broken up and not contiguous, it’s easy to figure your way around the two mile circumference. I love that it gives vistas into the countryside as well into resident’s well maintained backyards. Parts are narrow, but a white metal fence keeps you from falling over the side. A must do in York, it gives you a dose of exercise and a peek into the various neighborhoods.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Van100Van
    Manchester, United Kingdom271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free walk on the wall. Narrow in places.
    Enjoyed the walk round the wall. First time doing. I would do it again. Good way to see the city. Places to sit as you go round. Good for photos. Free experience with my family. Narrow in places.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • permia
    41,087 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific stroll with great panoramas
    Starting off at Monk Bar, named in honour of a once Monastery, it was delightful ambling along the length. Surprisingly unbusy for the time of year, it was relaxing and rewarding. Fine vistas of the city were to be seen, particularly novel perspectives of the Minster.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Gemma H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking the walls
    We enjoyed walking the walls and looking at York from a different angle. I recently hurt my foot so it was great that there was places to stop and rest on the way round. Some really beautiful views. Also as we was walking round, we overheard a lady pointing out a statue of alice in wonderland which was in someones garden. We would have completley missed that otherwise and not known it was there, therefore, wish we would have booked a tour as i imagine there was a few things we probably missed. Anyway we really enjoyed this walk around the walls.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • M S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring to the edge of the city - quite literally!
    A prestigious part of the city and filled with knowledge and facts about the city, present and past. You get some lovely sights from new and interesting angles and there may be one or two geocaches to find also! (Careful of the Muggles!)
    Visited August 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Karonius w
    Stotfold, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A different perspective on the city
    Very peaceful walk with great views across the city. We enjoyed it very much but go early to avoid the crowds. Do make use of the tourist maps along the route as there are bits with no wall where you follow little gold markers on the pavement. The views across the city made the 2.6mile walk absolutely worthwhile and there are places you can grab a cuppa along the route then get back on the wall and finish your walk.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia4,861 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
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Warby
Bicester, UK3,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Full of history and great walks around the city. So much to see along the way, you just have to do it. Did not have time to do an official tour
Written 15 April 2024
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creggwood
Isle of Wight, UK218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is such a lovely way to see the city! Walking around the walls you get such lovely views over quaint houses and drink in the incredible history of the city.
Written 5 April 2024
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kevkelly6
Tamworth, UK18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nice walk around the walls. We started at the Bootham bar which I'd recommend as you end up as the very picturesque section at the end. Very easy walk, some steps at the sections. Lot of stuff I read said it took about 2 hours but don't think we were walking much longer than an 1/1.5 hours. Fairly steady walkers (both 41). I'd say earlier you go the better as I'd imagine it gets pretty busy. We went around 9am and as the morning went on it started getting busier.
Written 4 April 2024
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david n
Manchester, UK4,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
.. of any good weather to walk these ancient walls. Its well-signposted, free, good exercise and takes around 2 hours without breaking sweat. Great views to be had on many sides.
Written 31 March 2024
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Braindamagedbaron
Newark-on-Trent, UK461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We had a day out in York and after a hearty breakfast at The Postern Gate we strolled around the walls of the city taking in the glorious views.
It's a lovely walk and we thoroughly enjoyed the day. There's ample opportunity to leave the walls, break away, have a look at the locality and then return to the high point and carry on your merry way. There is history ay every turn and plenty of spots to read up about the points of interest you'll pass as you enjoy your journey around the walls. A fascinating stroll that you really must do if you ever visit the gorgeous city.
Written 24 March 2024
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leigh968
London, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Bought the app for £1.99 and this made it so much more interesting and easy to work out which part of the wall we were working on. We covered the entire wall circuit but split it into two separate attempts which made it less of a trek. Great views and an interesting event
Written 22 March 2024
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toolonginexile
Birmingham, UK201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
On previous visits to York we have walked the city walls, enjoying the views it has to offer, without really knowing the history of the walls. We. decided to take the York City Walls tour. We turned up, on the day, without booking, for the 10.30 a.m. walking tour. We received a friendly greeting on arrival and waited for our tour guide, Tom, who was excellent. There is a small gift shop, with some nice souvenirs, and books on the history of York. Tom's expertise was archaeology and the history of York and we learned how important the city walls have been, and still are today, to the citizens of York. We were lucky to be the only two on the tour and learned so much of the history of the city walls, right up to modern times. The tour takes 60 minutes, during which we learned so much. Fascinating and fun. Value for Money, excellent, at £8.50 for us both!
Written 22 March 2024
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meopi76
Dolgellau, UK164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A pleasant, easy walk with good city views. It was mostly paved and therefore safe to manoeuvre with just a few steps to get up and down. The wall briefly ceases to exist in a few places and I sometimes had to search for the next stage.
Written 12 March 2024
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Lisa M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The York City Walls provide an extraordinary journey along the tapestry of history, offering breathtaking panoramic views of both the city and its surrounding landscapes.

Walking atop these ancient fortifications is a truly immersive experience, as the stones beneath your feet echo with the footsteps of countless generations. The walls seamlessly blend the past and present, allowing visitors to trace the footsteps of Roman soldiers, medieval merchants, and modern explorers alike.

With each step, the city’s storied past unfolds, making the York City Walls an indispensable treasure for those seeking a profound connection to the heart of this remarkable city.
Written 12 March 2024
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AustintoBoston
Boston, MA339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Walked the city walls on our last afternoon in York. As expected, it provided a totally different vantage point of the city and the landscape beyond. On the day we went it wasn't super crowded which was nice. Various points along the wall to climb down back into the city.
Written 3 March 2024
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