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"FREE walking tour of York" Walking Tours Tip by Dabs

Walking Tours, York: 9 reviews and 5 photos

I've done the free walking tour given by the Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York twice now, the tours leave from Exhibition Square near the City Art Gallery. The 1st time, we were lucky enough to get a retired teacher who enjoys history who gave us a very thorough explanation of the origins of York from the Romans to the Normans to Medieval times. The walk covered parts of the walls, the ruins of St. Mary Abbey, a walk along a portion of the walls to the area by York Minster, through Monk's Gate, to the Treasurer's House, St. Williams College and finally through the Shambles. It lasted about 2 hours and we enjoyed every minute of it. The 2nd time our guide was also quite thorough but we were his 1st group ever and it was not as polished as the 1st time but still quite informative.

Unlike the free walking tours you will find in many cities where the guides work for tips, this one really is free and the guide said that he would not accept tips. There's another free tour offered in York where they do accept tips so make sure you know which one you are on.

This is a definite must for history buffs, if you are looking for the cheesy, yet entertaining, tours of ghosts and scandals and the like, this isn't it, only 1 ghost story the entire tour and even that had an historical slant to it.

Additional tours between November and March at 1:15pm, April-October at 2:15 pm and also at 6:45 pm in June, July and August, no need to prebook. Tours are for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Address: Exhibition Square

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 5, 2015
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