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Historic Site, free entry

City of York Walls

City of York 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.

There is a very detailed "York City Walls Trail" on the Friends of York Walls website

Opening details

Fishergate Postern Tower will be open by Friends of York Walls Volunteers on the following 2017 dates, from 10am to 4pm.

Sat 28th + Sun 29th Jan = York Residents Weekend
Sat 18th & 25th Feb = York Viking Festival
Sat 11th & 25th March = York Literary Festival
Sat 8th &15th + Sun 16th April = Easter Hols, Weekend
Sat 22nd April = York Open Studios
Sat 29th April + Mon 1st May = May Day BH
Sat 13th May = May Saturday
Sat 27th + Mon 29th May = Late Spring BH
Sat 10th & 17th June = York Ideas Festival
Sat 8th & 22nd + Sun 23rd July = Great Yorkshire Fringe
Sat 5th & 19th August = August Saturdays
Late Summer BH = no planned openings
Fri 8th Sept (11am to 4:30pm) = Heritage Open Day
Sat 9th + Sun 10th Sept = Heritage Open Weekend
Sat 23th Sep = Late September Saturday
Sat 7th & 28th Oct + 4th Nov = October/Nov Saturdays

(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


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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

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City of York Council

01904 552270


Y01 8RY


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