City Walls opening and closing times

Find out when you can follow the elevated circular walkway around York's City Walls, on foot and for free; get details of:


Opening times for the City Walls

The City Wall walkway gates are usually opened daily at 8.00am, excluding:

  • 25 December
  • in icy or slippery conditions*
  • in very high winds
  • to accommodate repairs, planned maintenance and other conservation works

*In cold weather the walls are inspected at 7.00am each day. If the walls are not safe when inspected they will remain closed all day.

Unplanned closures

If any part of the City Walls walkway is not open as usual, we'll make announcements on local radio, and using our social media channels:

Alternatively, you can check in person on the day of your visit at Visit York, 1 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT.

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Closing times for the City Walls

The gates to the City Wall walkway are closed at dusk.

Gates are closed in an anti-clockwise direction, starting from Fishergate Bar. The process of locking the gates takes about 1 hour to complete, starting at the following times throughout the year:

  • January: 3.30pm
  • February: 4.30pm
  • March: (up to the clocks changing): 5.30pm
  • March: (after clocks have changed) and April: 7.30pm
  • May: 8.00pm
  • June and July: 9.00pm
  • August: 8.00pm
  • September (start to mid): 7.00pm
  • September (mid to end): 6.00pm
  • October (up to the clocks changing): 5.00pm
  • October (after clocks have changed): 3.30pm
  • November and December: 3.30pm

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