City of York Council
York city centre

The City Walls

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Over a million people a year take a walk through 1900 years of history on York's city walls. Built in Roman times, they've been added to and rebuilt over time and now have parts from across the centuries. Originally built as defences, the focus is now on conservation.

If you would like to know more about the City Walls History, please download the History of the city walls (pdf 326KB).

Walking the walls

The Friends of York Walls provide 'A Walking Guide to York's City Walls.pdf' which you can download to find out more about the location of the walls and where to access them, including useful maps.

Opening times

The points were you can access the walls will be opened and closed daily. You can walk the walls from 8.00am to 'dusk'; we've provided approximate closing times listed below.

Please note the walls will not be opened:

  • when there is a risk of ice, resulting in slippery conditions
  • on 25 December

Closing times

These are the times when the closing process starts beginning at Fishergate Postern, travelling anti-clockwise. The process takes takes about one hour.

  • January - 3.30pm
  • February - 4.30pm
  • March (upto the clocks changing) - 5.30pm
  • March (after clocks changed) and April - 7.30pm
  • May - 8pm
  • June to July - 9pm
  • August - 8pm
  • September (start to mid) - 7pm
  • September (mid to end) - 6pm
  • October (upto the clocks changing) - 5pm
  • October (after clocks changed), November and December - 3.30pm

Please note that the only dogs allowed on the city walls are guide dogs for the blind or hearing dogs for deaf people.

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