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York City Walls

York YO1 7HB, England
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting walk on these historic walls although couldn't walk all around due to some closure points. Good views of the city and a quiet walk to the town avoiding some traffic noise.

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I remember visiting York some years ago and part of the highlight was walking the walls. Tried to do it last weekend and kept being stopped by locked gates. We even followed the wall from below for some distance to try and find a way...More

Thank mirolle
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great way to see the city. The walls are not completely intact but there is enough left standing to pretty much get around the city. Well worth a visit.

Thank John K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walls were closed on our first day, couldn't understand why at the time, as I didn't think the weather was so bad. However second day we did get up, and it became apparent why it had been closed. Parts of the wall had a railing...More

Thank busymum2512
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Managed a small section on last day. Had been closed a too slippery. Nice way to get round to castle museum. A bit scary as no hand rail but that's just me. Free and accessible. Not continuous.

Thank Taylor492014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not easy to find, attempted to walk them on Saturday early afternoon we were able to join but disappointing when we got to the end of the first stretch and the gate was locked with no warning. We walked back to attempted to join the...More

Thank HPSL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a great free walk with views of the minster and gardens from an angle not usually seen. Very enjoyable. At Monk Bar there's an excellent model shop and museum to Richard III. End at Bootham Bar then go back into the city. Easy walk...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The largely nineteenth century walls around much of the city of York make a pleasant walk. There some not terribly spectacular views and sometimes a lot of people doing the same thing.

Thank Paul F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the wall. Do the complete wall. Parts are being replaced. Can see all of the town. Rail station... the barbican.... can be chilli so wrap up... do not miss walking the wall.

Thank kathandherb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These are worth walking around just to gain more views of York from different angles and also gaining exercise in the process. Note though there isn't any wheelchair/pram access to the walls. There are parts that you do have to walk down the streets (mainly...More

Thank Stephen B
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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.
12 December 2016|
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Response from Jim T | Reviewed this property |
I am a tourist, and so cannot answer your question but York is a highly organised destination and so would be suprised if a German speaking tour was not available
Anne A
18 September 2016|
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Response from MrsT17 | Reviewed this property |
Yep, all the way along :-) enjoy the views!