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Historic Site, free entry

York City Walls

York City Walls


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.

Walk the brass-studded 3.4 kilometres of “York’s City Walls Trail” with the help of the Friends of York Walls on-line guides. This information featuring maps, pictures and highly organised text can make you an expert on a route millions have walked while missing much that can be easily seen and understood. Walk the whole circuit or just a few sections. This excellent guide to York’s City Walls brings all the information together and presents it in a very coherent way. All the trail sections are available on the Friends of York Walls website – just follow the links from the FoYW HOME Page.

Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening details

Fishergate Postern Tower will be open by Friends of York Walls Volunteers on the following 2016 dates, from 10am to 4pm.

Sat 30th & Sun 31st Jan York Residents Festival
Sat 20th & Sun 21st Feb York Viking Festival
Sat 12th March York Literary Festival
Sat 26th & Sun 27th March Easter Weekend
Sat 9th April Easter School Hols
Sat 30th April & Mon 2nd May May Day BH
Sat 28th & Mon 30th May Late Spring BH
Sat 18th & Sun 19th June York Ideas Festival
Sat 9th & Sat 23rd July July Saturdays
Sat 13th August Mid August Saturday
Sat 27th & Mon 29th August Late Summer BH
Fri 9th Sept (1pm to 5:00pm) Heritage Open Day
Sat 10th & Sun 11th Sept Heritage Open Weekend
Sat 24th Sep September Saturday
Sat 8th & Sat 29th Oct October & Hallowe’en

(NOTE – All dates to be confirmed on the FoYW website, and are subject to volunteer numbers. If you would like to help us, as a volunteer, please email )


Free entry


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 available from -

Bootham Bar
Foss Islands Road
Lendal Bridge

Park & Ride:
With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier.


  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)


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