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York City Walls

York YO1 7HB, England
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No visit to York is complete without a stroll along part of the 2 miles of historic walls that have protected the city for nearly 2000 years. The walls are completely free to walk, however bespoke guided tours can be booked with your own personal tour guide, meeting you at a time and place to suit you, and showing you the extensive hidden history to be found along the walls.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Walked a short way from Micklegate but I found it very difficult. Path is narrow, parapet quite low and the rail on the inner side doesn't run the whole length. I don't like heights I admit and to get vertigo so if you are like...More

Thank Lorraine B
Reviewed yesterday

The city walls connect you to the bars (gates - not pubs) where the Henry VII and Richard III experiences are. As expected, the high vantage point provides spectacular views of the city while always keeping you close to main attractions.

Thank bigskymj
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

+ Free! Good trail for a walk. Can see almost the whole city at a decent height. Breakdowns at certain points so technically it doesn't go all the way around York.

Thank yeonsu0326
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Do you like walls? How about a rampart huh? Theres plenty of interesting historical notes to be found. Figuring out some of the practical terms and reasons for a defensive wall can keep you going for ages if you look hard enough. Great times

Thank Gunnerandbun
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We decided that we would walk the whole wall, it was a little disappointed that some of the gates were locked along the way. We just followed the wall on the outside and joined it again when we could. Glad that we did it.

Thank d0nna47
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you had enough of shopping in York and haven’t walk the York city wall then it’s time for it! You can start where ever you want, good to have a map from hotel though, and even have coffee on the way Walmgate has a...More

Thank TarjaV
Reviewed 4 days ago

I feel bad marking this down, but after walking on city walls in Wales, these seemed less impressive. Modern railings on one side and lots of modern repair lowered the experience for us.

Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Walking along the walls lets you see plenty of what the city has to offer, landmarks, pubs, shops, etc. It's also just an all round pleasant way to take in the sights!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago

A lovely chance to look down on York and to get some bearings, as well as escape the hustle and bustle of the streets. Though if you are the sort that needs a nanny state lifestyle complete with 6 foot railing everywhere and pristine surfaces...More

Thank tri_man_12
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Interesting walk around York. A city which was surrounded by walls in order ti keep safe. You can walk along the parts which are still in perfect condition after do many years!

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5 August 2017|
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Response from teenagerm0m | Reviewed this property |
We never got the feeling like we could fall. There are high walls or fences and solid footing. If it's just being high, I think 20-30 feet at the most is it.
12 December 2016|
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Response from Jim T | Reviewed this property |
I am a tourist, and so cannot answer your question but York is a highly organised destination and so would be suprised if a German speaking tour was not available
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18 September 2016|
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Response from MrsT17 | Reviewed this property |
Yep, all the way along :-) enjoy the views!