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York City Walls, York

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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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  • great walk round york but take a map as if you have not done it before you can get lost as it breaks in places 
    great walk round york but take a map as if you have not done it before you can get lost as it breaks in places  more »
  • The stone wall seen today is about 800 years old and is built on top of the structure from the days of the Romans. I ventured to walk a portion of the wall. Some of it is not for the feint of heart....  more
    The stone wall seen today is about 800 years old and is built on top of the structure from the days of the Romans. I ventured to walk a portion of the wall. Some of it is not for the feint of heart....  more »
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  • York has retained so much of its medieval structure that walking into its centre or around its 3 mile long ( 4.8 km ) Ancient city walls is like entering a living museum. Amazing experience! Be aware of no security fences in place in some parts along the pathway. The wall's gates close at dusk. Must be seen. Such a free of charge wonder!
  • Enjoyed the city wall very much. Walked along one section of it several times as a shortcut to get back to my accommodation. I now wish every place had a city wall! Would love to walk the entire wall one day, but as York is so compact I don't think it would take very long to walk it all.

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