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York City Walls

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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...more
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York YO1 7HB, England
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Reviewed yesterday

If you keeping on going and view York via the City Walls, you get a terrific overview of this venerable city. if you also do not mind expending time and shoe leather, it is also free!

Thank NotaBene07
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were alerted to the wall walks by the hotel reception. Whilst there are guided walks, it is easy to explore on one’s own. Take the city map with you. The steps and the walls high, so stick hold of small children! In parts, the...More

Thank Graham H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I would recommend waking along at least part of York city walls as it’s lovely and quiet and away from the crowds. The parts that are left are marked on the free maps you can pick up in hotels and tourist information points and are...More

Thank BertieK_11
Reviewed 3 days ago

Good way to see the City from higher ground, just shame they don't go all way round! Scary narrow parts on some of the walls and not all parts have safety rails on them. but wow to think of all the history and people who...More

Thank Jo20082018
Reviewed 5 days ago

A worthwhile walk along the walls of this ancient city. It's probably about 2 miles and the reader boards along the way explain the story behind each structure and/or viewpoint. A really great opportunity to immerse yourself in history.

Thank mrsmuddled
Reviewed 5 days ago

Walked one of the sections of York’s walled cit6. Bootham to Monks Bar where you can also visit Richard III exhibition/ history

Thank Frenchy2353
Reviewed 6 days ago

The York walls are a fascinating mix of Roman, medieval and even Victorian history. The various sections have their own stories, but the most beautiful section is the part between Bootham and Micklegate, not to be missed. While it is fun just to walk them...More

Thank accidentalt0urist17
Reviewed 6 days ago

We'd walked the walls at Chester and expected the same. In the event we struggled to get into the walls because of poorly signposted works but once up we enjoyed it. If you go to York then it's a must

Thank Geoffrey B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We decided to take a walk around one section of the wall as we didn't have to much time. Great views around around the city and ended up near york Minster. Be careful with young children as there's no safety rail on the inside of...More

Thank pjjf73
Reviewed 6 days ago

Walking around the city walls is most interesting. Views of the city, atmospheric, and good for the health !

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10 August 2018|
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Response from Toni L | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t recommend it as some parts of the wall end in steps and aren’t very wide. Other parts have no railing and a steep drop to the exposed side too.
22 December 2017|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
They can be accessed most times of the day, during daylight hours. However, the gates through which the walls pass are locked and so preventing access. The walls are not continuous and in parts are open on one side so not... More
5 August 2017|
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Response from teenagerm0m | Reviewed this property |
We never got the feeling like we could fall. There are high walls or fences and solid footing. If it's just being high, I think 20-30 feet at the most is it.