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York City Walls, York

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#2 of 309 in Historic Sites in Yorkshire
Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Ruin
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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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  • Once you’ve managed the steps, some of which can be very narrow and inside, so not in bright sunlight, the walk was great. We had great views of the city, and people’s back gardens! 
    Once you’ve managed the steps, some of which can be very narrow and inside, so not in bright sunlight, the walk was great. We had great views of the city, and people’s back gardens!  more »
  • Go on stretch your legs and take a nice long walk around the walls, if with youngsters then keep a good eye on them. Wonderful 
    Go on stretch your legs and take a nice long walk around the walls, if with youngsters then keep a good eye on them. Wonderful  more »
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  • Great as long as you don't suffer from vertigo at various points. Don't take the very young. Comparable to the walls of the old city of Jerusalem in terms of views and safety (where I wouldn't take a toddler) - but these are free, so there are more walkers and you have to negotiate who walks on the safe side ...... More and higher railings please.
  • York as anyone will tell you is always very pretty. Unfortunately we went on a very wet weekend after attending a wedding in Skipton. Walking along the wall is a must and gives you a sense of the city and does seem to be a great way to get across it. I dread to think how busy the wall is during the peak summer months.

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