York: City Highlights Walking Tour

York: City Highlights Walking Tour

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A 90-minute walking tour from the dawn of Christianity to the birth of the Kit Kat. Find out why York is still a city with Viking mud on its boots and a taste of cocoa in the air.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the labyrinth of medieval streets and snickelways
  • Discover a Roman fortress and ruined abbey within a Victorian botanic garden
  • Wander through the Shambles - the original Diagon Alley
  • Find out how the Minster grew to become the country's largest gothic cathedral
  • Locate the point where it is possible to see two thousand years of history - while turning on the spot
Full description
Contained within a ring of medieval stone walls, York concentrates 2000 years of history into a remarkably small area. This ninety-minute tour begins at Bootham Bar, the city’s northern entrance, from which every period of York’s development is visible, from Roman times to the present day. You’ll then enter the tranquil, green oasis of the Museum Gardens - a Victorian botanic garden which contains an 18th Century observatory, the remains of a Roman fortress and the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. From here it is a short walk to the Minster - the largest medieval gothic cathedral in the country - which has dominated the city’s skyline for over 900 years. The Minster lies at the heart of a warren of ancient streets whose layout is Viking in origin. You’ll hear tales of Viking invasion while delving deep into the maze of secret passages known as ‘Snickelways’; passing an unhappy mermaid and a little red devil as well as catching a glimpse of a 15th Century banqueting hall. Finally you’ll emerge into the Shambles,York’s best-known cobbled street - once a row of butchers, now instantly recognisable to Harry Potter fans as the inspiration for Diagon Alley.
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  • Professional, experienced and fully-qualified tour guide
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Meet by the fountains outside York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW.

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    • Comfortable shoes are recommended as you will be on your feet though York is forgivingly flat.
    • Suitable for all ages - family groups especially welcome.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 / 5

    based on 131 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5.0/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Service
      5.0/5
    • Organization
      5/5
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    We had THE BEST guided tour from Alfred. I would say that the tour was definitely different from what we were expecting - but in the best way possible. And maybe describing it in more detail than that would be giving away too much - if you're considering a tour, do it. And if you're lucky enough to get Alfred, it'll be the best tour you've had. Alfred had a clear passion for York, and encyclopedic knowledge of the place - and he used these to make the tour so incredibly interesting (even for people like me who aren't history buffs). We learned so much, and Alfred's love of York was endearing. I think if we'd have sliced him in two, he'd have the workd 'York' written through him like a stick of seaside rock. But you wouldn't do that to him - because he's lovely! :)

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    April 19, 2021

    This was a really unusual and very interesting tour - it was a great sweep through history demonstrated by the City architectural remains - we particularly enjoyed the parallels the guide drew between Henry V111’s split from Europe and Brexit. Alfred our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, quirky and passionate about his subject. We did several tours while in York and this was by far the best.

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    September 12, 2020

    Alfred was a captivating tour guide with a real passion for his subject that was conveyed extremely well. The hour and a half felt like 20 minutes we were so extranced. I would wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone visiting York. It gives you such a great sense of the depth of history in the city and is very entertaining. We talked about the tour for the rest of our time there! Thanks very much Alfred and York Tour.

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    August 14, 2020

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