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York City Walls, York

#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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  • We walked about 2/3rds of the walls while we were in York and found them an enjoyable way to get up above the crowds and see some great views of the Minster and the city as a whole. The medieval...  more »
  • Do a section do the whole trip round the city, see places you would not see whilst walking the streets. Great views of the older part of the city including the minster, easy to break the trip and...  more »
  • 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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