The Friends of York Walls (FOYW) are an all-volunteer not for profit charity that helps people understand and enjoy York’s old defensive walls. We promote the City Walls and open Fishergate Postern Tower, a Tudor tower at the end of Piccadilly. We are concerned with all the City Walls, Clifford's Tower, the stretch of medieval castle wall nearby and the defensive walls of St Mary's Abbey, all built at about the same time using the same Magnesian Limestone.
York's city centre is surrounded by historic walls, which are free to access on foot throughout the year. 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. The Friends of York Walls provide an online guide to York's City Walls Trail which covers the location of the walls, access points and many maps and pictures.
The very detailed walking guide to York's City Walls Trail can be found at - Wall Trail – Home Page – FRIENDS OF YORK WALLS CIO
A NEW audio trail "York's City Walls Audio Trail" is now available - details can be found HERE This is based on the York's City Walls Trail and used the Guide.AI app to download the audio guide I.D. 80 The audio guide is map and GPS based, and includes detailed descriptions and information on the Walls Trail, which is split into 27 sections of over 100 mins audio and the supporting text.
Fishergate Postern Tower (FPT) was built around 1505 at the end of the walls. Water once filled the gap between this tower and York Castle. It has four floors, a spiral staircase, an unusually complete Tudor toilet and many masons’ marks. The roof was added in the late 1500’s this turned open battlements into the row of square windows all round the top floor.
Friends of York Walls lease the tower from the City of York Council. Displays here are about the tower and the history of the City Walls. Entry is free on our open days, we can also open on request for payment. For £20, you can also “Sponsor a Stone” in your name or for someone else – you choose a stone in the walls of the tower then a certificate and book entries link that stone uniquely to the name you give.
For more information visit the Friends of York Walls website at - http://www.yorkwalls.org.uk/
Fishergate Postern Tower Open Days 2023
The Tower will be open on the following dates in 2023,
from 10am to 4pm, by Friends of York Walls Volunteers.
Sat 28th & Sun 29th January = Residents Weekend
Sat 18th February
Sat 18th March
Sat 8th April
Sat 15th April + Sheriff’s Army Patrol. (at FPT approx. 2:30pm )
Sat 29th & Sun 30th April
Sat 13th May; + Sat 27th May = Spring BH Weekend
Sat 17th June
Sat 1st July + Sat 15th July
Sat 12th August
Sat 9th September + Sat 16th September = Heritage Open Days
Sat 30th September
Sat 7th & Sun 8th October = York Unlocked
Sat 28th October = Halloween Saturday
Sat 11th November
PLUS other possible dates - check the website for details.
All openings are subject to any conditions and restrictions in force at the time. Please check our website, where you may also find extra events.
If you’d like to pay for a special opening, or help as a volunteer or guide, please send an email to email@example.com
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Fishergate Postern Tower
Climb the narrow spiral staircase of this early Tudor tower, work the model portcullis and find a remarkably …