Explore the City Walls

York's city walls on a sunny day

The Walls That Surround York Are Some of the Finest and Most Complete in England

They extend for 2.5 miles and enclose an area of 263 acres. The walls still retain all four of their impressive gateways into the city, called bars, as well as 34 of their 39 interval towers.

Whether you explore the walls as an individual, family, school party or group, the story you will discover will bring to life the compelling and rich history of the City of York.

Follow the links to the Below for more on the history of the walls and to take part in our informative self-guided city walls guide and activities.

The Roman Walls
The Viking Walls
The Norman Walls
The Walls 1250 to 1600
The Walls Vs The Civil War
The Georgian Walls
The Victorian Walls
The Walls Today
York City Walls Guide and Activities