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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.

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

Opening details

Fishergate Postern Tower Opening details

Fishergate Postern Tower will be open by Friends of York Walls Volunteers on the following 2018 dates, from 10am to 4pm.

Sat 27th & Sun 28th Jan = York Residents Weekend
Sat 17th February = York Viking Festival
Sat 10th March = Mother’s Day weekend
Sat 24th March = York Literary Festival
Sat 31st March = Easter Saturday
Sat 21st April = York Open Studios
Sat 5th + Mon 7th May = May Day BH weekend
Sat 26th + Mon 28th May = Late Spring BH weekend
Sat 16th June = Father’s Day weekend
Sat 21st July = Festival of Archaeology
Sat 11th August = August Saturday
Sunday 26th August = Late Summer BH weekend
Sat 8th & Sat 15th Sept = Heritage Open Days
Sat 29th Sep = Late September Saturday
Sat 13th & 27th Oct = October Saturdays

NOTE – All dates to be confirmed on the website, and are subject to volunteer numbers.
Other 2018 events & activities are still to be planned - Watch the Friends of York Walls website at for further details.

If you would like to help us, as a volunteer, please email


Free entry



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.


City of York Council

01904 552270


Y01 8RY


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


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