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York City Walls, York

4.6
#2 of 306 in Historic Sites in Yorkshire
Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Ruin
Experience York's ancient history by walking along the incredibly well-preserved York City Walls. The walls date back to Roman rule over 2,000 years ago. Walk their entire 3.2 km (2 mi) length if you can. Less than one-third of the 108 walled towns throughout Britain have even a single gateway remaining. These walls, though, retain four main and two minor gatehouses, all of which are still ornate and intact. Take the self-guided audio tour to hear about how the walls developed through the Roman era, the Dark Ages, and the Viking and medieval periods. Be careful in sections with steep drops and no protective barrier. Your ticket for the walls includes free admission to the Richard III Museum, where your tour starts and finishes. Plan your York City Walls visit and explore what else you can see and do in York using our York trip planner.
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  • Upon arriving in York one of the first things we saw was an impressive gate into the City with high walls either side. The walls are quite extensive and we walked the majority of the length. The...  more »
  • A great way to visit York. I found that a map was essential to navigate the parts where the wall isn't there anymore, although these are marked with very few brass pavement studs. Spent the day...  more »
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  • Walking the city walls was such a simple yet enjoyable experience. My only complaint is that the small golden disks people suggest you follow are small, hard to find and often very far from one another. Aside from that walking the city walls is definitely something worth doing if you’re in town.
  • Lovely walk providing incredible views of York Minster and surrounding sites. The city wall full walk takes around 2 hours while passing through several bars (fortified gateways) including Monk Bar which contains the Richard III experience museum & gift shop.

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