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    Historic Site, free entry

    York City Walls

    York City Walls

    York City walls and Minster

    York City walls and Minster


    No visit to York would be complete without a walk around the City Walls. At 3.4 kilometres long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England. About 2.5 million people walk along all or part of the City walls each year, enjoying some amazing views. The completion of the entire circuit will take approximately 2 hours. There are five main bars or gateways, one Victorian gateway, one postern (a small gateway) and 45 towers. The walls weigh approximately 100,000 metric tonnes.

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    Opening details

    Open every day from 8am to dusk except when there is a risk of ice resulting in slippery conditions.

    Closed on Christmas day.

    Closing times

    These are the times when the closing process starts beginning at Fishergate Postern travelling anti-clockwise. This takes takes about one hour.

    January - 3.30pm
    February - 4.30pm
    March (upto the clocks changing) - 5.30pm
    March (after clocks changed) and April - 7.30pm
    May - 8pm
    June to July - 9pm
    August - 8pm
    September (start to mid) - 7pm
    September (mid to end) - 6pm
    October (upto the clocks changing) - 5pm
    October (after clocks changed), November and December - 3.30pm


    Free entry

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    City of York Council

    01904 552270


    Y01 8RY



    See location of City of York Walls on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 600520  Lat: 53.96062 Long: -1.08701

    Access to the walls availible from -

    Bootham Bar
    Foss Islands Road
    Lendal Bridge

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