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  2. Yorkshire and The Humber
  3. York

The Best of York on Foot

Product ID: 169987
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A 90-minute walking tour from the dawn of Christianity to the birth of the Kit Kat. Find out why York is still a city with Viking mud on its boots and a taste of cocoa in the air.
About this activity
Duration 90 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the labyrinth of medieval streets and snickelways
  • Discover a Roman fortress and ruined abbey within a Victorian botanic garden
  • Wander through the Shambles - the original Diagon Alley
  • Find out how the Minster grew to become the country's largest gothic cathedral
  • Locate the point where it is possible to see two thousand years of history - while turning on the spot
Full description
Contained within a ring of medieval stone walls, York concentrates 2000 years of history into a remarkably small area. This ninety-minute tour begins at Bootham Bar, the city’s northern entrance, from which every period of York’s development is visible, from Roman times to the present day.

You’ll then enter the tranquil, green oasis of the Museum Gardens - a Victorian botanic garden which contains an 18th Century observatory, the remains of a Roman fortress and the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. From here it is a short walk to the Minster - the largest medieval gothic cathedral in the country - which has dominated the city’s skyline for over 900 years.

The Minster lies at the heart of a warren of ancient streets whose layout is Viking in origin. You’ll hear tales of Viking invasion while delving deep into the maze of secret passages known as ‘Snickelways’; passing an unhappy mermaid and a little red devil as well as catching a glimpse of a 15th Century banqueting hall. Finally you’ll emerge into the Shambles,York’s best-known cobbled street - once a row of butchers, now instantly recognisable to Harry Potter fans as the inspiration for Diagon Alley.
Includes
  • Professional, experienced and fully-qualified tour guide

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Meeting point

Meet by the fountains outside York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW.

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Important information
Know before you go
Comfortable shoes are recommended as you will be on your feet though York is forgivingly flat.
Suitable for all ages - family groups especially welcome.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.9 / 5
based on 75 reviews
Review summary
Service
5.0/5
Organization
5.0/5
Value for money
4.9/5
Safety
5.0/5

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Product ID: 169987