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White Rose York Tours

Tour Guide

High Petergate, York, YO1 7EH
River Ouse


COVID-19 Information

Government regulations permitting, we are intending to re-open for business on Saturday, July 4th.

The following changes to our operating principles will be in action:

All guests will be required to give contact details for at least one of their travelling group prior to the tour, for track and trace purposes. This can be name and address, email address or mobile phone number. We undertake to keep this information only for the required 14 days and to not use it, or pass it on for use, for any marketing or publicity purposes.

Each group of guests will be required to maintain at least 1 metre, and where possible 2 metres, distant from other groups.

Groups of no larger than 6 persons will be allowed unless they all live in a single household.

We recommend wearing face masks on the tour, and our guides will be carrying disposable face masks for those who do not have them.

Our guides will wear face masks except during stops. It would be difficult to be heard while wearing the mask, and also it causes problems for those who are hard of hearing and require to see the guide’s mouth movements. During stops, when the guide is not wearing a mask, all guests are required to remain the full 2 metres distance from the guide.

The tours will follow our “alternative” tour route through Dean’s Park used during the winter months when the city walls are closed. There will be no city wall section of the tour until such time as a suitable social distancing plan, such as a one way system, has been put in place for them.

All tour stops will be outdoors and in open areas where social distancing is easily maintained.

It is our belief that by instituting these changes, we will be operating within government guidelines and minimising the chances of Covid-19 transmission.


White Rose York Tours provide a free three hour tour that is like stepping back through all of England's history. For two thousand years, York has been at the centre of the nation's affairs, and our self-employed guides will bring that history to life in an entertaining and ery informative way as they lead you through lush parks and narrow lanes, past grand churches and palaces, by ruined castles and abbeys and along the historic city walls.

Our free tours are in the English language only. We can organise private tours in English, French, German or Spanish, please contact us for a price..

Our walking tour includes
York minster and the Liberty of St Peter
City Walls and Gatehouses
St Mary's Abbey and the Museum Gardens
The Shambles
Clifford's Tower and the Castle Museum
Roman and Viking Invasions
Catholic Saints and Martyrs
English Kings and Queens
Dick Turpin and the truth about the moonlight ride

Our tours commence everyday come rain or shine throughout the year at 11am, outside the West Entrance of York Minster. We also have tours at 3pm April to October, and at 1pm on Fridays and Saturdays November to March. Just look for our guides in the distinctive White Rose York tee-shirts.

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COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Online booking possible
  • Open now
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands


  • Guided tours for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted

Road Directions

Tours commence from close to the West Entrance of York Minster, under the tree opposite the groups entrance. The tour start point is a short walk from the bus stops at Exhibition Square or outside Museum Gardens, which are served by many bus outes. York Railway Station is around half a mile distant on a direct route. Simply follow the city walls and cross the Lendal Bridge, and the Minster is directly ahead of you. The Marygate, Bootham Row and Union Terrace car parks are all within 10 minutes walk. Accessible by Public Transport: York station is 0.5 miles away.

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