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The Free York Walking Tour

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Free Tours By Foot is proud to present York’s newest pay-what-you-like walking tour!

Sometimes known as England’s second city, York’s tangible history goes back centuries. A one-time capital city, York was founded by the Romans, inhabited by the Vikings, destroyed by William the Conquerer, and played a key role in the Wars of the Roses and Civil Wars before finding it’s place as an early railway hub and confectionery manufacturing Mecca. Come with Free Tours by Foot and explore medieval walls, stone gateways and cobbled streets. We’ll visit the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, the stunning windows of York Minster, and the iconic buildings on the Shambles.

Learn the difference between a snickett and a ginnel as we make our way down hidden alleyways, through beautiful gardens, and along a lovely river. See the warehouses that first brought Chocolate to the country, the remains of a Norman castle, the prison where England’s most notorious rogues did time, and one of the most famous tea rooms in the country. Free Tours By Foot is ready to show you all that York has to offer on this one-of-a-kind tour!

Sites Visited on the Free York Walking Tour:

  • Abbey Gardens
  • St. Mary’s Abbey
  • Yorkshire Museum
  • Exhibition Square
  • The City Walls
  • York Minster
  • Barley Hall
  • The Shambles (Diagon Alley?)
  • Betty’s Tea Rooms
  • Jorvik Viking Museum
  • Clifford’s Tower
  • York Castle Museum (former prison)
  • River Ouse
  • Skeldgergate Bridge

Tour Information

Reservations: Book HERE. Walk-ups will be permitted, if space is available.

Where: Tour begins at the Museum Gardens gate. (map)

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

Distance: 2.5 km (1.5miles)

Language: English

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: March 7th, 2022
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