If you would like to know more about the City Walls' history, please download the History of the city walls.
Walking the walls
The Friends of York Walls provide an online guide called 'York's City Walls Trail' which has lots of information about the location of the walls and where to access them, including useful maps and pictures.
The points where you can access the walls are opened and closed daily. You can walk the walls from 8am to dusk. Please note, we've provided approximate closing times listed below.
Please note the walls will not be opened:
- when there is a risk of ice (particularly during the winter months of November to March), resulting in slippery conditions. Inspections may be carried out at 7am and then, if required at 11am, when a further decision could be taken to re-open the walls if possible. For further updates, please check the council’s Twitter and Facebook pages on the day.
- on 25 December
If the Walls or part of them are not open at the times shown on this page, we will add closure details during the next available office hours (weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm).
Up to date information on closures will be available on our twitter and facebook feeds, as well as in person at Visit York on1 Museum Street during its opening hours.
These are the times when the closing process starts beginning at Fishergate Postern, travelling anti-clockwise. The process takes about 1 hour.
- January - 3.30pm
- February - 4.30pm
- March (up to the clocks changing) - 5.30pm
- March (after clocks have changed) and April - 7.30pm
- May - 8pm
- June to July - 9pm
- August - 8pm
- September (start to mid) - 7pm
- September (mid to end) - 6pm
- October (up to the clocks changing) - 5pm
- October (after clocks have 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.