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York City Walls
York City Walls

York City Walls

York, North Yorkshire

The Basics

York City Walls—interchangeably known as the Bar Walls or Roman Walls—form an essential part of the fabric of York and are a must for visitors of all ages. Explore them on your own time and enjoy the exceptional views over striking city attractions, such as York Minster. Some travelers may prefer to stop by the York City Walls as part of a convenient and flexible hop-on, hop-off bus tour, although history fans who want a more in-depth look at York’s medieval past should consider private, customizable packages—or even themed tours—instead.

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Guided Bike Tour in York
Guided Bike Tour in York
$35.30 per adult
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York Cycle Tours
Huge thanks to Cecil for leading our group of 6 safely through the streets of York, and to share his extensive knowledge and insight. We had a lovely cycle tour and would recommend this guided bike tour without hesitation. Thank you Cecil for an enjoyable morning.
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Recent reviews from experiences in York

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Excellent tour and guide, loved every moment!
Janine_C, Jun 2021
York Walls Private Walking Tour
John is an incredible tour guide. He made this tour so interesting and informative, the time literally flew by. His knowledge and ability to make it so accessible, both with his entertaining descriptions and analogies and the use of great visual representations showing how the Roman city walls looked nearly 2000 years ago really brought everything alive! We discovered some really interesting parts of the city we wouldn’t have visited and heard some great historical stories we would never have known. We didn’t want the tour to end and thought it was fantastic value for money. John made sure we did everything we wanted to do and answered any questions we had, personalising the tour brilliantly whilst expertly guiding us all over the city. We cannot recommend this tour highly enough, it will really enhance your visit to York!
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Brilliant
Jackie_B, Oct 2020
York Walls Private Walking Tour
It was most enlightening and entertaining. Also educational I really enjoyed it thank you very much so did my partner....
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Wonderful personable guide
Trek707247, Oct 2019
York Walls Private Walking Tour
We loved him. We were exhausted and he walked us around with such energy and personality that we were energized. He was easy to work with and flexible as our train was late and he allowed us to start later. He was knowledgeable, sweet and excited to impart his vast depth of history to us! Do it...he’s great!
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Historic and fun!
Cheryl T, Oct 2019
York Walls Private Walking Tour
John was an excellent tour guide. Gave us historical facts in an entertaining and enthusiastic way. Very enjoyable and interesting tour.
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Excellent Tour!!
ChelZ43, Sep 2019
York Walls Private Walking Tour
We had such a great time on this tour! John was a fantastic guide. He was funny and engaging and he taught us a lot about the long history of York. We really enjoyed having the chance to walk around the city and learn about some of the most highlighted places! Would highly recommend this tour!
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Amazing
debbiepearce2017, Aug 2019
York Walls Private Walking Tour
John was amazing, knew so much history of York, very Interesting ! was a private walking tour, would recommend .
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Walking the Walls
Linda S, Jun 2019
York Walls Private Walking Tour
John was extremely knowledgeable and tailored the walk to our slower pace. Because we knew some of the history and were very interested he went into more depth of detail. Very personable and enjoyed the tour and his company.
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Great tour with John. He is...
Carl M, Aug 2018
York Walls Private Walking Tour
Great tour with John. He is passionate about history and we learned so much. I felt like we saw so much that we would have missed otherwise. It was also helpful to have someone help us navigate the crowds. After the tour we were able to go back to places he showed us that we wanted to spend more time.
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I took a group of high school...
Jennifer H, Apr 2018
York Walls Private Walking Tour
I took a group of high school students from the USA to York. We loved this tour - informative and fun! Great tour guide!
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Great tour run by John. It was...
Rog, Oct 2017
York Walls Private Walking Tour
Great tour run by John. It was knowledge, quirky, insightful and terrific. If you are spending a day here then this is the trip for you. John will tailor your trip to your interests and you really have a locals view on York. A great insightful tour that allows you to truly see all the sights.
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My wife and I loved this tour. Our...
Kip C, Nov 2016
York Walls Private Walking Tour
My wife and I loved this tour. Our guide, John, was quite passionate about York history and it shows in the energy he brings to the tour. He took us to places I am sure we would have missed had we been on our own. You set the pace and John delivers the facts. Never a dull moment. You should do this first thing when you arrive. You are sure to miss out if you don't.
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This was a great experience with...
Colin M, Aug 2016
York Walls Private Walking Tour
This was a great experience with John our tour guide. We did the 2-hour tour. We were clearly going over time a little, but John told us not to worry about this. We had people in our party from 14 to 73 and John was able to keep us informed and entertained. We asked for a specific start and end location and this was accommodated exactly.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Narrow paths and steep steps mean York City Walls may prove difficult for travelers with mobility issues to navigate.
  • Sensible shoes should be worn when wandering the uneven paths of York City Walls.
  • York City Walls provide an excellent starting point for a broader exploration of the city.
  • Travelers who want to learn more about the walls should consider exploring them as part of an organized tour.
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How to Get There

York City Walls, as the name implies, circle the once-Roman periphery of the city and there are several staircase access points for travelers to choose from, most notably Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, Micklegate Bar, or Walmgate Bar. The full loop takes around two hours. Meanwhile, York itself can be reached most readily by train. Travelers should depart at York Station.

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When to Get There

York City Walls are open year-round, but given their slippery, exposed nature, exploring them on rainy, snowy, and blustery days isn’t recommended and they often close in such conditions anyway. Instead, stop by when it's sunny—between 8am and roughly dusk—and make the most of the elevated vantage points for photo opportunities.

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Wildcard

Explore other Roman remnants in York York City Walls aren’t the only reminders of Roman influence in York and interested travelers should make a point to stop by the Yorkshire Museum if they want to learn more about this period. There, you can see a number of Roman relics, while the impressive Roman Multangular Tower still stands in the Museum Gardens.

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