York England Part 2: The Longest Medeival Town Walls In England

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Our next stop on our walking tour was York’s City walls.

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York city centre is surrounded by the longest medieval town walls in England at just over two miles long. A complete walk around the entire length of the walls would approximately take around two hours and is completely free.

The walls are mainly dated from the 12th and 13th century and were built to keep the city from being invaded by the Scots. Although, by the 18th century the walls were no longer needed for defence.

By 1800 the walls were in poor condition for that time, which led to corporation applying for an act of parliament to pull them down. At the time, York had a strong influential opposition that objected to this and by the 19th century corporation backed down and the walls were ordered to stay.

in the 19th century work was carried out for restoration of the walls for public access, although it was too late for some parts, but thankfully substantial portions remain.

Check Points

I would highly recommend walking the full length of the walls as they lead you to many sights.

There are check points for guidance around the walls which will lead to:

Barker Tower

Micklegate Bar

Baile Hill

Clifford Tower

Fishergate Tower

Fishergate Bar

Walmgate Bar

The Red Tower

Layerthorpe Bridge

Monk Bar

Bootham Bar

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay safe

Natalie x

7 thoughts on “York England Part 2: The Longest Medeival Town Walls In England

  1. Some really lovely shots that bring York to life. I only visited once, briefly, years and years ago. So thanks for piquing my interest for the next time I’m in The UK.

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    • It’s a beautiful place. I was only here for the day, so feel I would like to revisit myself. I hope the blogs help for next time you visit, thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Walking the walls reminds me of walking the walls of Dubrovnik in Croatia, i.e. similar concept. Those in York look more austere, yet beautiful in their own right– plus, the views of the cathedral and parts of the Old Town look stunning! Thanks for sharing more of this city’s beauty. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I would live to walk the walls of Dubrovnik. Yes, the walls in York were impressive, I can’t believe how much has been preserved. The views over the city are stunning ๐Ÿ˜.Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I loved walking the walls in York, though I only managed it on a hideously awful day where it was so grey and rainy! I particularly love your second photo with a view of the Minster. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you! It’s a beautiful place, you won’t be disappointed and Snowdonia is just around a 15 minute drive away.


    • Aww that’s a shame, good old British weather๐Ÿ˜ฎ. Hope you still managed to have a great day. We were really lucky, it was a glorious day. Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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