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York City Walls

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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...more
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York YO1 7HB, England
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All reviews great walk great views of the minster bootham bar different perspective wall walk enjoyable walk monk bar sunny day city centre couple of hours parts exercise dusk daffodils circuit angle micklegate
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We walked on a rainy afternoon but weren’t disappointed the view of York Minster and the town were quite breathtaking well worth a visit, the only disappointment is the wall stops and it’s hard to find we’re it starts again but overall well worth it

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Reviewed yesterday

There are 4 sections - we walked 2 of them. The best bit is close to The Minster, but we were disappointed with the lack of views from the walls.

Thank JanefromSomerset
Reviewed yesterday

Allows a lovely and quiet stroll around the old town, really enjoyable, an easy stroll and the views are lovely

Thank marc l
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Take a walk on top of the roman city wall originally built in the year 71 AD. The wall has been restored several times - by the vikings and later in the medieval times. Today it provides a unique way of getting a glimps of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed walking the old city wall; managed to do about 1/3 of it, and then detoured to get to city center because of a threatening storm.

Thank simivalley1699
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While we only did part of the wall it was well worth it. You get a great view of the city and get to really see the history of the city. The walls are only open between dusk and dawn but the walk is easy...More

Thank Dinks14 B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting walk around York with good historic information although not always obvious which direction to go to continue when there are gaps as very few signs

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were so lucky with the weather! The wall walk on a sunny day is real fun and great workout. You will see amazing views of old York along the way - glorious Minster, the gardens of the Treasurer House, the Dean’s Court, the gateways...More

Thank Noraatc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went with a friend to look around York and the walls this is an amazing place full of great history would love to return soon for another look round as so much to take in we didn't get to see it all .it was raining...More

Thank cjamison134
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovley veiw of the city from the walls. We walked along the south end and got to see the minister from there which was a really good veiw. Perfect for a sunny day.

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10 August 2018|
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Response from Toni L | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t recommend it as some parts of the wall end in steps and aren’t very wide. Other parts have no railing and a steep drop to the exposed side too.
22 December 2017|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
They can be accessed most times of the day, during daylight hours. However, the gates through which the walls pass are locked and so preventing access. The walls are not continuous and in parts are open on one side so not... More
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.