York: 1–Hour Evening Walking Tour

York: 1–Hour Evening Walking Tour

From $20.91 per person

Take an early evening stroll from the dawn of Christianity to the modern day. See a side of York you would never see from an open-topped bus.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 1 hour
Starting time 6:00 PM
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Delve into the labyrinth of ancient passages and snickelways
  • Soak up the stories behind the Minster, castle and medieval walls
  • Discover the place where it is possible to view 2000 years of history while turning on one spot
  • Explore the Shambles - the original Diagon Alley
Full description
Early evening is the most atmospheric time to experience York, the shops have closed, the tourist hordes have departed, the ancient streets lie at your disposal. This hour-long walking tour is for anyone seeking a concise, informal and entertaining introduction to York in the company of an expert local guide. Discover why the Minster is known as a Minster rather than a cathedral, why all the streets in York are called Gates and all the gates are called Bars. Start your tour in Exhibition Square, and see 2000 years of history simply by turning in a circle. Take in all the must-see sights including the Minster, the medieval walls and the Shambles, the inspiration for Diagon Alley. Take the opportunity to enter the maze of ancient cut-throughs and back-passages, or Snickelways as they are known locally.  Although this isn't a ghost tour there are plenty of gruesome true stories to be heard. By the end of the walk you will be ready for your dinner reservation having tasted the full flavour of a city which still has Viking mud on its boots and a tang of cocoa in the air.
Includes
  • Professional, fully-qualified tour guide
    COVID-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Meet in front of the fountains outside York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Comfortable shoes recommended as you will be on your feet though York is forgivingly flat
    • Suitable for all ages - family groups especially welcome
    • No ghosts: this tour does not include any phantoms or ghost stories and is child-friendly
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 / 5

    based on 86 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.9/5
    • Service
      5.0/5
    • Organization
      5/5
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    Alfred was the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and, where necessary, witty guide for our walking tour around York. It was wonderful to be with someone who is so passionate about his city, we came away knowing far more about the lovely city of York than when we started. Well done Alfred!!

    11 September 2020

    Very interesting and our tour guide Alfred, was very knowledgeable! I’d recommend booking this for your first night of York so you can appreciate the history of York while exploring during the rest of your stay! We happened to bump into Alfred the next afternoon and had a nice, and again interesting and informative chat!

    29 August 2020

    Alfred The Great (tour guide)! What a super experience it was to meet such an excellent and well humoured guide. Right from the get-go, we received a helpful text message giving clear instruction on when and where to meet. We were greeted with a friendly welcome and a chance to introduce ourselves. The tour itself was so informative with a perfect humour-to-fact ratio to make it perfectly memorable. I particularly like how Alfred referred to is by name throughout the tour. I would certainly recommend this tour to all. Be sure to pick up a copy of the tour book Alfred has written too. It’s almost like taking Alfred home with you. Bravo!

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    4 August 2020

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