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    Safe Socially Distanced Walking Tours of the Walled City
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    Safe Socially Distanced Walking Tours of the Walled City


We all need to be assured that the activities we undertake follow clear, public health guidelines. The good news is that taking a walk in the open air remains one of the very safest ways to enjoy our unique city! Our tours are personal, friendly and limited to small private groups. That way we are able to ensure that social distancing measures can be implemented without affecting the enjoyment of the tour.

We are proud to have been awarded Visit England’s ‘Good To Go’ safety hallmark. 

Why VisitYork

The story of York is the story of England in wood, stone and chocolate. Western Christianity was born here, so was the KitKat. No other place in Britain preserves so much of the country's past in such a small and walkable area. From the Romans to the Vikings to the railway builders, the streets of York are a living picture book of the past 2000 years.

YORKTOUR is the city’s longest-established walking tour company and has been welcoming visitors to the city for over 40 years. We’re the personal recommendation of US travel guru Rick Steves.
We particularly enjoy catering for families and are always delighted to welcome those younger visitors who like their history horrible…

Our Itineraries:

Our Itineraries

At Yorktour, the safety of our visitors is of primary importance. This is why we only offer private tours for individual groups.
The tours last 90 minutes; you can choose morning or afternoon and the cost is £60 per group. You can invite as many of your friends or family members as you wish, though we recommend an upper limit of 8 people per guide.

What You’ll See:
Our route ensures you won’t miss any of the highlights, including the celebrated Shambles, Minster and city walls.
But our aim is to take you off the beaten track which has a double advantage. By avoiding any over-crowded hotspots we can do our best to ensure that all our visitors are kept safe. And we’ll be showing you an unexplored, secret side of the city that few visitors get to see.

Tours depart twice daily at 10.00 and 14.00. The meeting point is at Exhibition Square YO1 7EW - look for the fountains outside York Art Gallery.
The route is fully accessible for wheelchairs, buggies and strollers.


We’re not lecturers - we’re locals!
YORKTOUR is the longest-established walking tour company in York and has been welcoming visitors to the city for over forty years. We are the personal recommendation of US travel guru Rick Steves and our friendly, informal guides aim to assist you with their local knowledge rather than bombard you with facts.

All Yorktour guides live in the city. Most of us were born here. We are passionate about the place, and all our tours are designed to reflect this. With Yorktour, you don’t just get the services of a historian, you get the company of a friendly inhabitant who loves showing visitors round town.

Never mind the history, where are the shops?

York has its full complement of high street stores and chain restaurants. Anybody can find those. But the incredible array of specialist, independent outlets is what gives the place its character. And because we live here, we know where they are.

The true delight of York is that you don’t have to make a choice between history or shopping - it’s all in the same place. Some of the city’s most quirky medieval buildings are also its finest fashion stores. Even the Shambles is full of some highly recommendable craft stores and tea rooms. Along this crooked, cobbled street is a shop still selling the best pork pies and sausages in York. The kids may recognise it as the place where Harry Potter bought his wand. Remarkably, it’s a real street rather than a tourist trap, where local people actually do their shopping. And to buy a pound of sausages from the medieval street of butchers - what could be more historically authentic than that?

Can I see the Minster?

Of course! All of our tours include an introduction to our most famous building from the outside. We are fully accredited Minster guides and can offer private tours of the cathedral if desired - please enquire for details. Please note however that Minster entrance is subject to pre-booking and separate entrance fees.

Groups and Schools

YORKTOUR is the most experienced and trusted tour company in York for educational visits, providing tours for students of all ages in a variety of international languages.

Please note that at present we can only offer small group visits of up to eight visitors per guide due to social distancing requirements. We will of course continue to review these measures in accordance with official guidelines.

If you are planning to bring a school or college group to York, please get in touch to discuss your requirements and our special educational rates.


Please click on a question to see the answer.

  • Q: What time are the tours?
    The Story of York runs daily at 2.00 pm. Yorktour Evening Express starts at 6.00 pm. Exclusive York starts at 10.00 am - but if you wish to book a private tour at a different time please contact us to discuss your requirements.
  • Q: How long is the average tour?
    The Story of York lasts 90 minutes. Yorktour Evening Express is one hour in duration. Exclusive York lasts two hours - but we can provide longer half-day or full-day tours if required. Please contact us with any special requests
  • Q: How far will I have to walk?
    York is a compact city and forgivingly flat! You can easily walk from one side to the other in under half an hour. The Evening Express route is less than a mile. Other routes cover approximately a mile-and-a-half at a very gentle pace.
  • Q: Are the tours wheelchair accessible?
    Absolutely - all the standard itineraries are fully wheelchair-accessible; and York has the great advantage of being small and step-free. Strollers and buggies are also welcome.
  • Q: What if it rains?
    Bring an umbrella! We never cancel due to adverse weather conditions. The extremes of British climate have been known to make the experience more memorable. (Please note, however, that access to the city walls may be limited if it becomes icy)
  • Q: Are other languages available?
    We can provide guides who speak French, German, Russian, Italian, Turkish and Mandarin - for other languages please enquire [insert contact button]. We are also experienced at running tours in clear, uncomplicated English ideal for language students and those for whom English is not their first language.
  • Q: Are admission fees included?
    There are no additional extras for any of the sites visited on the standard tours. If you wish to include the Minster as part of a private or group booking there is an entrance fee, currently £11.00 per person/£10.00 seniors (or £9.50 for groups of ten or above) which needs to be paid by cash or card on entry. All of our guides have completed the Minster’s training course and are qualified to take visitors round the cathedral.
  • Q: How long do I need to see the Minster?
    You could easily spend a life-time: though more realistically we’d recommend an hour to an hour-and-a-half.
  • Q: Can pets come too?
    Of course, we’d love to meet them!
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‘The tour was beyond excellent - thank you so much…’ Northleach Decorative and Fine Arts Society

 'Bringing over seventy international students to any new city is always a challenge. However York Tours took the stress away and gave our students a wonderful insight into their beautiful city. Thank you and see you next year'. Neil Bullett Social Officer, University of East Anglia

 Your tour was really enjoyable, genuinely interesting, coherent and funny at the same time with everything coming nicely together. Despite the rather adverse weather all the guests loved it and have asked me to pass on their thanks. So, once again many thanks for a very special experience and please rest assured that myself and my colleagues will have no reservations in recommending your company wholeheartedly….’ Department of Health Sciences, University of York

 ‘It was great meeting you, everybody thoroughly enjoyed the tour and we had a great day in York. Thank you so much for making the day memorable’. Lincoln University History Society

 ‘Gave a real sense of the whole city - we will have to come back!’ Babel Language School, Perugia, Italy

 ‘You were a very nice talking man’ RK Travel Group (Sweden)


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