Guided tour

Guided Cycling Tour of York

Activity provider: York Cycling Tours

Guided Cycling Tour of York

Activity provider: York Cycling Tours
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From US$ 29.43 per person

This tour will take you off the beaten track to fascinating places you won’t see on a typical bus or walking tour. Traveling on cycle paths and designated lanes at a leisurely pace, you'll discover factual and good-humored facts about the history of York

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Learn about the history with a good humoured look at the fascinating and often grisly past of York
  • Cycle along river paths, parks and quiet back streets of the city with frequent stops
  • Cycle to places that walking and bus tours don't take you at speeds of 1,000 years an hour
Full description
Explore the ancient city of York on a thoroughly modern bike with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. This tour will take you off the beaten track to fascinating historic places you won’t see on a typical bus or walking tour. You will travel at a safe and leisurely pace, staying on cycle paths and designated lanes for most of the ride. York has always been a magnet for visitors. There were the Romans, of course, who first settled in the area in AD 71. In the 9th century, the Vikings dropped in for an eventful 200-year stay. The year 1068 saw the arrival of the besieging forces of William the Conqueror, and in the 17th century, York was a hotspot in the English Civil War.   Although today’s residents much more fun to be around, those of the past have all left their marks and their stories. Although factual, the cycle tours are designed as a good-humored look at the fascinating and often grisly past of York. The tours take about 2 hours, and our average traveling speed is 900 years an hour.
  • Guided 2 to 2.5 hours bike tour
  • Bike (with bell and mudguards)
  • Helmet
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 12 years
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    (Rear of) The Gillygate Pub, 48 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ. There is a pathway to the right of the pub that leads to the patio area. Your guide and bike(s) will be waiting for you back there.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Unaccompanied minors

    Know before you go

    • Am I required to wear a helmet? No, but for safety’s sake, we strongly recommend it. A range of adjustable helmets available, or feel free to bring your own.
    • Is the tour suitable for children? The minimum age for riders is 12 years, and 12 to 16-year-olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sorry, no exceptions. It is also recommended that ‘soon-to-be-mums' avoid the tour as a precautionary measure.
    • What do I need to bring? Comfortable riding clothes to match the weather, closed shoes are recommended.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 76 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
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    • Value for money
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    Cecil was fantastic, so knowledgeable and engaging, made everyone feel very welcome and a great ambassador for the city. I’m not a confident cyclist but it was all very safe and easy. Mostly on cycle paths and on the few and very small sections on main roads Cecil was ahead of everyone keeping us all right. Would highly recommend at the start of any break as a great way to get your bearings and work out what you want to do. 10/10 and thank you C …. You were brilliant!

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    June 16, 2022

    This was one of the best tours I have ever been on in terms of lively information, excellent organisation and comfort. It has been brilliantly planned so you don’t even notice how far you’ve travelled - it felt so engrossing abs effortless. Cecil was a warm and wise guide who made us feel looked after and secure. We saw parts of York we would never have seen abs got an insight into history and local Community. We had two teenagers who were also riveted and had fun. Highly, highly recommended !!

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    July 24, 2021

    Cecil greeted us by name. The bike was comfortable and of good quality. I was surprised at how safe I felt throughout the entire tour, even riding along some of the busier stretches of the city. Cecil was full of knowledge and even treated us to some local chocolate. We were really glad went on this tour instead of a walking tour, as we were able to see so much more, and we got a real feel for the community, not just the history.

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    June 30, 2021

    Product ID: 136355