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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 May 2016

The City Wall was built to protect York; it is split into sections and does not go all the way round the city. We had a lovely walk on a sunny day with some really good views of York Minster and many more interesting and...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 19 April 2014

The walls do not completely surround the city so in places you return to pavement level and have to find where they continue without any signposts to help. The main wall has the most interesting views and exhibitions. Having visited Chester walls these were disappointing.

3  Thank AnneForshaw
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Reviewed today via mobile

The city walls was brilliant, it doesn’t cost to go and walk it which is good as most things in York you have to pay for. We done the walk round the whole city, you can see the whole city from one height and it’s...More

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Reviewed today

Taking a walk around the city walls is a great way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny autumn day. The best free tour of the city!

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Reviewed today

We had great sunny weather so it was a real treat to wander along the walls. It's such a shame that you can't walk round a full circle though. Well worth doing!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We walked all the way and it was great to avoid the traffic and busy centre. No dogs are allowed on the city walls which may not suit everyone but was fine by us. The views across the city rooftops are lovely and the walk...More

Thank Christine0407
Reviewed yesterday

Love the walls and always make a point of walking around them every time we come to York. It's such a wonderful way to see the city and all of its historical changes throughout the years. Amazing to have it still standing after all of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a great morning walking the York City Walls. The weather was bright and sunny and the views from the walls are great. It gives you a totally different perspective on York up there. We visit York regularly as we live nearby but we...More

Thank David O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Wife and I began walking the walls a year ago. This was our 2nd York walls walk. We have now covered two thirds of the total wall walk leaving a third to do on our next visit. Maintenance of the walled walk is very...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Always a pleasant view, nice to walk in sections or as a whole. Some parts near the Minster are more crowded as most people will just walk one section.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wandering around the city walls was an excellent way to see the history of York, combined with its current city. There are tours you can join, or you can wander solo as I did – there are information points at the gates, and at pertinent...More

Thank caroarevalo
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

In the autumn the council does not prioritise sweeping leaves from the pathways and steps It is slippery and dangerous as a result A shame because there are fine views of the city from the wall in one of the few free York attractions

1  Thank pjl29
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24 October 2018|
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Response from mamacooking | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed on the City Walls, except for assistance dogs, according to the City of York Council. The walls are very narrow in spots, so I can see that dogs would make them even more difficult to navigate.
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 W657DPdavidl | 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