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York - A walk on the walls - York's medieval city walls tour

A walk on the walls - York's medieval city walls tour

(106 reviews)
City Centre, York, United Kingdom
30 mins

About the tour

Once described as 'The most beautiful walk in England', this tour takes you on a unique journey around the medieval city. York's city walls were first built by the Romans and they remain the best preserved and most complete city walls in England. This tour takes you from Bootham Bar, a 2000 year old city gateway around to Monk Bar, York's most decorative medieval gateway. Along the way you will get a close view of the medieval defences and hear stories about how the city was protected from raiders, including a close up view of one of York's working portcullis defences, You will get magnificent views of York Minster, the Minster Library, Treasurers' House and the rooftops of the city from this wonderful vantage point. Take a walk into history on York's medieval city walls

Meet your local guide


Take a walk with John through the ancient streets of York. John is a natural storyteller with a wealth of knowledge about the city. He will help you to make a connection with the beautiful city that will stay with you. His passion for his home city of York shines through as he shares his thoughts on the city, its’ history, stories, fascinating characters and quirks. John’s enthusiasm and his ability to entertain and explain will guarantee you a memorable and intimate experience.

John has been guiding since Jul 1995

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to York with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from York. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Sharon B.

06 April 2021


Hilary W.

06 April 2021

Unfortunately I was not able to hear the full tour so may have to join again. I first walked round the bar walls aged eight with my grandmother because it was a family tradition. I mentioned a book written by George Benson and some one asked about it. George Benson was a cousin of my great grandmother and wrote a book called York. He also traced the line of the Roman foundations. His book with some lovely illustrations by EW Hazelhurst may be of interest to John. In the past there was a nursing home called the Purey Cust behind the Minster. It became a home for the elderly but at one time was maternity home. I was born there and so would a lot of other people. Apart form the Bensons another branch of the family were cloggers in the shambles

Penelope D.

06 April 2021

Great to see one of my favourite cities in England again.

Mark W.

05 April 2021

Great tour

Lynda R.

04 April 2021

Excellent guide, my second trip with John. Learned a lot and he gives great postcard pictures. Will book again

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