Friends of York Walls


Junction of Piccadilly & Lead Mill Lane, YORK, North Yorkshire, YO1 9AF
Friends of York Walls


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.

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 - 

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Opening Times

* Fishergate Postern Tower, Piccadilly, York YO1 9AF

PLANNED OPENINGS changed due to Covid 19 restrictions. See FOYW website at for further details.

Sat 25th + Sun 26th Jan = York Residents Weekend
Sat 22nd February = York Viking Festival
Sat 14th March
Sat 28th March = York Literary Festival
Sat 11th April = Easter Weekend
Sat 18th April = Sheriff's Army Parade
Sat 9th May = VE Day BH weekend
Sat 23rd + Mon 25th May = Late Spring BH
Sat 6th + 20th June
Sat 4th + Sat 18th July
Sat 15th + Sun 16th August = York Walls Festival 2020
Sat 29th August = Late Summer BH weekend
Sat 12th + 19th September = Heritage Open Days
Sat 3rd + 24th October
Sat 31st October = Halloween

FREE entry. Open 10:00am to 4:00pm
Disabled access is only possible to the ground floor.

If you would like to pay for a special opening, or to help us with volunteering or guiding please us email us at:

Road Directions

Fishergate Postern Tower is located at the junction of Piccadilly and Lead Mill Lane, York  YO1 9AF

Public Transport Directions

Park & Ride: With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier.   The nearest railway station is York, which is 1.0  mile away from Fishergate Postern Tower.

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