The Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York

York’s Original & Most Popular

Free Walking Tour

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The Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York (AVG) offer daily free 2-hour walking tours to visitors from all over the world.

We have been offering complimentary guided tours around York since 1951.

Our team of 80+ local expert guides take great pleasure in showcasing our beautiful city, and we look forward to welcoming you on one of our regular twice-daily tours.

Tours begin at 10.30am & 1.15pm and run every day except Christmas Day.

Our tours are free; there is no need to offer a tip.

PRE-BOOKING IS RECOMMENDED

Joining Our Tours

Our daily tours begin at 10.30am & 1.15pm

For the enjoyment and safety of our visitors, tour numbers are limited to 30 visitors per tour and so pre-booking is recommended.

BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE

Our complimentary tours are intended for individuals, couples and small groups of family/friends, and tickets are limited to a maximum of 6 people per booking. Our tours are NOT available for commercial tour groups – other commercial tour guide services can be found via the VisitYork website.

Organised bonafide educational tour groups can book in advance using the Group Booking Form.

Wheelchair users are very welcome but please check with your guide on duty about the route as there are some areas especially on the City Walls where access may be difficult or impossible. Guides will be as flexible as possible about accommodating you.

There are two guides on duty for each of our twice-daily tours, and we typically split the full group into two smaller tours. Please try to arrive 5 minutes before the start of your tour, so our guides have time to greet you and arrange the tour groups.

Please note: We reserve the right to cancel the tour should circumstances, in the judgement of the guides on duty, be such that it is not safe to undertake it. We also reserve the right to refuse any individual who cannot or will not observe the safety precautions.

Tour Start Point

All our tours depart from outside York City Art Gallery in Exhibition Square and last approximately 2 hours.

Meet your guide between the William Etty statue, and Kings Manor Entrance Gates in front of the Art Gallery, look out for our Tour Times ‘A’ Board which is the starting point and located near the entrance to Kings Manor.

York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square

York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square

Tour End Point The final part of the tour takes us to York’s oldest street, the Shambles .

Our daily tours are absolutely FREE and, unlike some other advertised tours, there’s really no need for a tip at the end!

Our daily tours are intended for individuals, couples and small groups of family/friends only., organised tour groups should not just turn up to our daily tours. we offer tours designed for larger educational groups, (not commercial operators) so please book ahead using our group booking form on our contact us page or use the button below., are you interested in becoming a guide with the avg.

The Association of Voluntary Guides (AVG) has been offering free tours of the City of York for over 70 years and to ensure we can continue to offer this service well into the future, we are always interested in welcoming new members to join our team of Guides.

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A few of our Tour Highlights

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Multangular Tower

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Museum Gardens

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St. Mary’s Abbey

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The Kings Manor

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Bootham Bar

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The Bar Walls

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Treasurer’s House

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York Minster

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St. William’s College

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Holy Trinity Goodramgate

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The Shambles

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Some of our most Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book?

Tour numbers are limited per guide, so we recommend that tours be booked in advance at this link Book Online .  Once you have your ticket (there’s no need to print it out, a mobile version is fine), please arrive at the meeting point at Exhibition Square at least 5 minutes before the designated start time.

If you were not able to pre-book, you may turn at the meeting point up at the start of a tour and, subject to availability, we will try to accommodate you on a tour.

Where does the tour start?

All tours depart from outside York City Art Gallery in  Exhibition Square .

Simply meet your guide by our ‘tour times’ board next to the  William Etty statue and the fountains outside the Art Gallery.

Don’t forget your face mask.

Where does the tour end?

The final part of the tour takes us to York’s oldest street, the Shambles. (During Covid-19 restrictions the end point will vary depending on circumstances on the day, your guide will advise).

How much does a standard tour cost?

The tours are FREE and entirely without charge, the volunteer’s reward is showing the beauty of the City to as many people as possible.

Some of our most recent feedback

We had a vivid tour with Fraser, who loves York and loves the people he has the opportunity to guide! Thanks —  Burkhard Niesert , 19th May 2024
A really excellent tour this morning by Fraser, who was a fount of knowledge and interesting anecdotes! He really made the tour come alive and had a great sense of humour to boot. —  Tom , 18th May 2024
In our visit to york we were in a tour with the guide Richard, in this incredible beatiful city. His knowledge, his passion and his humor led us through two hours of an unforgettable experience, with many questions answered by him. Thank you very much Richard —  Maria Alice Gravina , 17th May 2024

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York City Art Gallery Exhibition Square York  YO1 7EW

Where to meet

Meet your tour guide outside City Art Gallery next to the William Etty statue.

10 Best Places on A Charming York Walking Tour (with Map)

Any York walking tour should include the 14th century Hospitium building.

Once we visited York , it quickly became one of our favorite places to visit in the in UK. From the impressive York Cathedral to the beautiful medieval entry gates, York is packed with really cool things to see. In addition, our kids really enjoyed a couple of museums. So let’s explore my favorite York walking tour.

Come along with me as we take a walking tour of beautiful York UK. York is a very walkable city with a beautiful location. You can immerse youtself in the past as well as take leisurely strolls by the river. First time in York? Then let’s put on some comfortable walking shoes and go on my favorite self guided York walking tour.

In this article:

My Favorite Tourist Attractions in York UK

Let me start with a summary of my favorite things to visit on your York walking tour.

  • York Minster is the center of town and impressive indeed.
  • Walking on Stonegate street and the few narrow, cobbled streets coming from it.
  • The impressive medieval entry gates and walking on the wall.
  • York riverfront at River Ouse
  • National Railway Museum is a great place to see, especially for kids.

York walking tour map

With our comfortable walking shoes on and our map in hand, let’s start our York walking tour.

1. York Minster

York Minster should be the beginning of your walking tour of York

The first sight on our York walking tour is the magnificent York Minster , a sprawling 13th Century masterpiece. York Minster is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and its stunning cross-shaped (or cruciform) floor plan is adorned by almost one hundred and thirty vibrant stained glass windows. York Minster, along with other large churches like Ely Cathedral form the rich British Gothic architecture heritage.

2. Stonegate Street

York walking tour on Stonegate St

I love walking on Stonegate Street and it should be part of any York walking tour! Charming old English buildings line up the street while a few old narrow and crooked alleyways that take you back into time.

3. Bettys Café & Tea Rooms

Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms in St Helen's Square is a favorite spot for tourists walking through York.

While the tea rooms can be crowded, you won’t regret waiting in the queue when you take your first sip of soothing tea and bite of a buttery scone with clotted cream and jam.

4. Museum Gardens & St. Mary’s Abbey Ruins

The ruins of St Mary's Abbey in the Museum Gardens.

Next on our York walking tour, we visit the lush Museum Gardens, situated on the bank of the River Ouse. Explore the greenery as well as the historic sites in the gardens, including the remains of a Roman fort and the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey.

Ruins of entry gate to the side of The Hospitium inside Museum Gardens.

5. Medieval City Walls and Entry Gates

Bootham Bar provides easy access to walk the old York medieval walls

After we exit the park, we continue our York walking tour, as we catch our first glimpses of York’s historic city walls. Various walls surrounding the center of York have been erected and destroyed since the city’s founding in 71 C.E., and the ones we see today date back to the 12th-14th centuries. While only portions of the city walls remain, all of the city’s original entry gates or “Bars” have been preserved. The entry gates served as traffic control, defense, and tax collection stations. Shortly, we will arrive at Bootham Bar , and then we will continue our walking tour of York atop the historic city walls until we reach Monk Bar. We will observe views of Dean’s Park along the way, which houses the York Minster Library . This charming walking path allows you to experience firsthand a piece of the city’s history that has been present for centuries.

6. Walk The Shambles

The Shambles is the medieval street that has inspired the famous Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter movie series

Walking down on Parliament Street towards York Castle, take a left turn on Newgate and then go right when you see the small sign for The Shambles. You will be instantly transported into old medieval times in York. This old cobbled street served as the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley as it still has old timber buildings dating from the 14th century. This is a must see York attraction and should be part of your York walking tour.

7. Jorvik Viking Center

Viking village house reconstructed inside the Jorvik Center.

On the way to our next stop, you may want to pause to take a photo of the historic Fairfax House , a Georgian-style mansion with a gorgeous façade. Shortly, we will reach the Jorvik Viking Center , where you will be treated to a taste of Viking life in York. This interactive experience is located on Coppergate Walk , a narrow pedestrian street with many shops and eateries to entice you – if you need a quick rest before or after the Viking Center, you will have plenty of delights to choose from. The Jorvik Viking Center recommends that you book your tickets online in advance for this exciting experience, as this allows you to have a guaranteed entry time. Don’t forget to arrive a few minutes early for a security screening.

8. York Castle & Clifford Tower

Clifford's Tower, the keep of York Castle overlooks the whole city.

9. York Riverfront

Lendal Bridge over River Ouse connects old town with the train station

10. National Railway Museum

Beautiful steam engine and train cars on display at the National Railway Museum.

Finally, turn back to the River Ouse and take advantage of the city’s beautiful riverside walking paths to lead you to the final stop on our York walking tour. We arrive at the National Railway Museum , which is conveniently located by the train station if you are traveling out of the city after completing the walking tour. Entry is free, and it is recommended that you leave at least one hour to fully explore what the museum has to offer. Objects on display at the museum include paintings, historic railway station benches and signs, and more. There is also a collection of unique locomotives, and if you plan ahead, you can even book a ride on a steam engine for £4 in advance.

Plan Your Trip to York, UK

We spent an entire day in York and we loved it.  However, if you are in the planning stages of your trip to England, I suggest budgeting two days for visiting York. This way you can also enjoy the town a lot more, especially walking along the river.

Stay in York . You can stay very central by Monk Bar at Double Tree Hotel or in the charming Churchill Hotel conveniently located by Bootham Bar. You can also find other budget hotels in York .

Book a local tour . This local walking tour of York will take you to most of York attractions. This is a beautifully conducted tour. You can also book a gorgeous early evening river cruise .

Where to park in York? Parking inside old town York is somewhat difficult.  If you have a car, my suggestion is to park at the York Castle parking area . If this area is full you can also try the nearby Coppergate Car Park .

Getting to York by train is the most convenient way to visit the city.  This is especially true, if you are coming from London , as the car ride will take you a very long time compared with the high speed train. Picking up the train in King’s Cross London station will put you in York in about 2 hours. Once in York, the train station is within easy walking distance from most York attractions.

Is York Worth Visiting?

Absolutely yes! If you plan on visiting England, York should be one of your destinations to visit. We found York to be charming and very interesting for visitors.

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White Rose York Tours

Home of York's finest free tour – Daily at 11am and 3pm

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Step into History in the Capital of the North

Join us every day at 11am (and 3pm from april to october), under the tree opposite the main entrance of york minster, close to bennett’s tea rooms. just look for our sign and the guide in the blue tee-shirt..

Advance booking for our tours is not necessary, however we will happily accept bookings if you want to guarantee a place on the tour. Please contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone or text on 07792 207679 if you would like to book your place on a tour. We will hold any pre-booked places until the tour start time.

“The best walking tour I have ever experienced”

That’s according to one of the many excellent reviews our guests have left us on Tripadvisor and other review sites. In our first six months we went from being a brand new company to being the highest rated historical walking tour company in York, and second highest rated tour of all. And we did it by emphasising quality over quantity. Unlike some free walking tour companies, we don’t cram guests onto the tour and herd them around like cattle behind students reciting a script. Our guides are historians and history enthusiasts, and we try to keep our groups small enough that everyone feels like they have had a personal experience, and we take a leisurely pace because we believe York is a city to be savoured, not hurried.

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Stepping through the streets of York is like taking a tour through all of England’s history. The Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans all remade the city to their own purposes. The Tudors and the Stuarts made themselves welcome here. The Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War left their mark. For two thousand years, York has been at the heart of the nation’s affairs, and our self-employed guides will bring that history to life as they lead you through lush parks and narrow lanes, past grand churches and palaces and ruined castles and abbeys and along the historic city walls. Come with us on our walking tour, and you will understand why they call this city the Capital of the North.

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What’s On The Free Tour?

On our free tour of York you will see and hear the history of one of the most fascinating cities in Britain or anywhere else in the world, in the company of one of our expert guides. Our free tour includes:

  • York Minster and the Liberty of St Peter
  • City Walls and Gatehouses
  • St Mary’s Abbey and the Museum Gardens
  • The Shambles
  • York Castle
  • Roman and Viking Invasions
  • Catholic Saints and Martyrs
  • English Kings and Queens
  • Dick Turpin and the truth about the Moonlight Ride

The tour commences every morning (year round) at 11am and every afternoon from April to October at 3pm. All our tours start outside the West Entrance of York Minster (the end with the two towers), under the tree on the wide pavement opposite the groups entrance and close to Bennett’s Tea Rooms . Just look for our sign, or for the guides in our distinctive blue “White Rose York” tee-shirts. Our friendly and helpful guides are there to help get you registered on the tour and answer any other questions you may have.

There is no need to book in advance, however if you would like to let us know you are coming so we can keep an eye out for you and provide you with a warm welcome, please feel free to use the form on our contact us page, letting us know which tour you would like to join and the number in your party. We would love to hear from you.

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How It All Works

The Free Tour movement is the fastest growing sector of the tourist industry. All across Europe, and now all across the world, free tours are springing up in every major tourist city providing a great deal for tourists and tour guides alike. Our guides are self-employed and self-motivated, they provide a tour that mixes in-depth historical knowledge and story-telling with an entertainment style. And because the tour is free, and the guides work for tips only, it means that they ensure that you get the best and most entertaining tour possible.

Our guides will never pressure you to tip, because we believe that you understand the value of the service they provide you. We believe that money should be given freely, in proportion to the value of the tour and the budget of the traveler. And that in the end you will see that you have had great value for money, whether you gave a little or a lot.

Our tours run every single day of the year (except Christmas and Boxing Day), come rain or shine, at 11am from outside the historic York Minster, and also at 3pm April to October. No need to book*, just turn up around 10 to 15 minutes before tour time and look for our sign, or our guides who you can tell from the blue tee-shirts with the White Rose York logo on the front. Speak to any of them, they will be glad to help you get registered on the tour, or answer any other questions you may have.

(* Because we try to keep tours to a reasonable size, private advance bookings are required for groups of more than 8 persons. Please phone or email using the details on the contact page.)

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Walks in York

With one of the largest pedestrianised zones in Europe, York’s city centre is a web of ‘footstreets’ which expand outwards from the shambles. Many are fully pedestrianised: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and others have designated hours e.g., 10.30 – 5.30. So, it goes without saying then, that York is a brilliant city to explore on foot. Visitors arriving by train are greeted by the spectacular City Walls in all their glory as they head in the direction of the historic hub – the shambles.

While mooching around the small shops in the shambles area, keep your eyes peeled for statues of cats which adorn some of the buildings and form part of an official ‘Cat Trail’ developed by the independent outlet Yorkshire Glass. The trail is not only a bit of fun for cat lovers or children, but also directs visitors past a couple of key landmarks including the Yorkshire Museum Gardens and York Minster – further information and maps can be found online.

There aren’t many museum’s that boast botanical gardens on site, but the Yorkshire Museum provides just that. The gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll or picnic – with more than 40 species of birds to look out for along with glorious plants and flowers.

Taking approximately two hours, the circular City Walls trail is unmissable providing spectacular views around the city with opportunities to stop or get off at any of the ‘checkpoints’ to explore some of the must see spots.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite there are endless great food offerings. Wander around the maze of stacked shipping containers-come-eateries at hipster spot SPARK: York which brings a slice of Shoreditch up North. Alternatively, head for a drink at The House of Trembling Madness (what a name!) or for something slightly fancier like a selection of small plates at Skosh .

Over the River Ouse in the Coppergate area is the JORVIK Viking Centre , (a school-trip stalwart for kids in the vicinity) with the York Castle Museum a mere five-minute walk away it makes perfect sense to combine the two.

No trip to York would be complete without stopping by the iconic Betty’s Tea Room which has been serving afternoon tea in its sophisticated surroundings since 1919. The York branch is hailed as one of its finest and has classy, elegant décor. If you are in your walking gear though, or time precious, Betty’s Tea Room now offers a delivery service so you can still enjoy their famous tea and cake from the comfort of your cosy Airbnb or hotel room .

Whether you are new to the city, here for a weekend or a day, there are tons of cultural highlights to be enjoyed. And as our Walks in York guide demonstrates, this is one very walkable city.

Our top picks

York city walls / wall trail.

York City Walls / Wall Trail, Unamed Street, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7LJ - Visit now

The spectacularly imposing medieval York City Walls greet visitors as they head out from the train station and down into York city centre. A walk around the walls is a must for any visit and the circular route provides stunning views and can be joined at any of the checkpoints – some of which have handy information posters outlining notable historical facts (and maps) for the history buffs. Open daily and free, walking the walls in their entirety takes roughly two hours and, in that time, you will cover 2.6 miles. Just as you can join the walls at any point, you’re also free to exit any point too. Doing so at ‘Bootham Bar’ is very convenient for stopping by York Minster .

It’s worth noting that there is also a ‘ground trail’ for visitors with mobility issues, families with pushchairs, (which are unfortunately not allowed up on the walls) and/or people less enamoured by heights. The walls close to visitors at dusk (which varies throughout the year) so be sure to plan your trip accordingly.

York City Walls / Wall Trail

Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7FR - Visit now

Established by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society in 1830, the Yorkshire Museum is housed in an impressive Greek Revival building set in picturesque botanical gardens which are, of course, perfect for a run around, picnic or leisurely amble. Home to a vast botanical collection and more than 40 bird species, a visit in spring or summer allows you to take in the stunning surroundings in full bloom. Check out the museum gardens website for seasonal interactive family activities which recently included a Squirrel Trail Quiz.

The ‘Ice Cream Rescue’ stall is on hand to provide frozen delights and some days, ‘Sketch by Origin’ provides a takeaway drink and snacks service from the garden’s pavilion. Combining a visit to the Yorkshire Museum with a meander around the beautiful botanical gardens makes for an exceptional way to spend a few hours in this city.

Yorkshire Museum

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7EH - Visit now

Whether you head from the Yorkshire Museum to York Art Gallery or opt to do it the other way around, they are a stone’s throw away from each other – taking a mere three minutes to walk via exhibition square they are equally unmissable.

What’s more, York Art Gallery is an excellent way to get a substantial number of steps in since the average visit takes between one and a half to two hours. This grade II listed building is expansive housing seven galleries within a breathtaking glass roofed building. Be sure to stop off at the gift shop for a mosey at the prints, cards, and stationery. There’s also a highly regarded onsite café where visitors can take a break and rest their legs to sup a cuppa and enjoy a bite to eat.

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House of the Trembling Madness

House of the Trembling Madness, 14 Lendal, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AA - Visit now

With all that walking along the city walls, you’ll likely have worked up an appetite and fortunately, there are several great eating and drinking establishments to stop off at while trekking the circular route. Exiting at the medieval gatehouse Bootham Bar (said to be the oldest of the city’s four bastions) the not-to-be-missed House of Trembling Madness is a five-minute hop skip and jump away.

This glass fronted miniature pub is housed in a Norman structure dating to the 1180s, and the menu boasts simple high-quality pub food: think burgers, soups, stews, and cheese boards. Explore other places of interest nearby which include York’s Theatre Royal, housed in the remains of a convent, and the stunning medieval town house Barley Hall.

We think a visit to House of the Trembling Madness is a worthy detour from your stroll along the walls.

House of the Trembling Madness

Skosh, 98 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6JX - Visit now

Skosh, a small plates-based eatery is centrally located – a two-minute walk from the 12th century gateway Micklegate Bar and close to the train station. The bright yellow logo and punchy menu sets the tone for the vibrancy of the food and drink on offer here. Chef-owner Neil Bentinck opened Skosh – his first restaurant – in 2016 and it takes up residence in a stunning Grade II listed building.

It should be on your itinerary for the excellent food quality and is a great spot to refuel with a small plate (or two) and/or a glass of wine before re-joining the circular City Walls route. If you fancy a break from the walls then crossing over the River Ouse leads to the heart of many must see spots including the Minster , Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery to name a few.

All in all, Skosh is an extraordinary choice to replenish your stores as you weave through the streets of this historic city.

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Art of Protest Gallery

Art of Protest Gallery, 11 Walmgate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9TX - Visit now

For a city steeped in Medieval history, you might be surprised to learn that York also has a thriving modern arts scene and trendy streets to boot. We recommend heading to the Art of Protest Gallery (AOP) on Walmgate which showcases contemporary pieces – street art, advertising collateral, and tattoo work from UK based creators whose works are mostly exhibited internationally and therefore hard to come by in the flesh.

To continue exploring the trendier parts of York, pootle across to Spark: York for a bite to eat. Spark, a maze of shipping containers that have been repurposed as vessels for street food-jaunts, event spaces, and independent shops is full of hipster vibes – you would be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled across Manchester’s Hatch and therefore, it’s a topnotch place to stop for a well-earned pint.

Art of Protest Gallery

Lotte Inch Gallery

Lotte Inch Gallery, 14 Bootham, York, Yorkshire, YO30 7BL - Visit now

Following a successful series of popup iterations, the Lotte Inch Gallery has been a permanent resident of York for several years now. The owner, who was previously a National Trust worker carefully curates a beautiful gallery space with exhibitions that change regularly. There’s also a wisely sourced range of collectable ceramics, design items, jewellery and gifts to complement the exhibitions which visitors can purchase as keepsakes.

The gallery is central to pretty much everything – with York Minster a mere five-minute walk away, and the main Art Gallery even closer than that. Given the National Trust connection it would be remiss not to highlight the lovely Deans Park which sits on the northside of York Minster and can be accessed on foot from the gallery passing by Bootham Bar. Dean’s park park is home to the striking Cathedral Library and provides spectacular views of the Minster. In the summer, it’s a prime picnic spot and keen photographers appreciate the unique framing and series of remnant stone archways thought to be late 12th century.

Lotte Inch Gallery

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum, Tower St,, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9RY - Visit now

York Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and the museum itself was launched in 1938 and is based in the prison buildings which were built on the site in the 18th century. Here visitors get to experience life in a real 18th-century lockup! Other highlights include a Victorian street where visitors experience life as it was – in incredibly accurate depiction. It’s also home to a vast collection of costumes and artifacts and the museum grounds and lawn area are perfect for a run around with the little ones.

From here it is only a five-minute stroll to the JORVIK Viking Centre and if you take the route down Castlegate, you’ll pass by the imposing English Heritage owned Clifford’s Tower which is a destination in itself – providing panoramic views (once you’ve scaled the steps) and tours. Jorvik Viking Centre is one of York’s most notable museums and a heaven for Horrible Histories fans. Once inside, visitors are transported back to the dark ages in exhibitions featuring costumes, models, lights sounds and realistic smells. A mooch between the Castle Museum and JORVIK Viking Centre is a great way to pack in plenty of history – befitting of a Medieval city like this.

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15 Best Walks in York (Hikes & Nice Walks)

York is a city that has been buzzing with activity since Roman times.

It’s full of history, culture, and incredible sights – perfect for those seeking an adventure!

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful stroll or an invigorating hike, York has it all.

Here are 15 of the best walks in this stunning city, guaranteed to give you a taste of freedom.

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1. the city walls.

Through the City Walls

Take a step back in time and explore one of the oldest cities in England on foot.

York’s city walls have stood for centuries, and walking them is an absolute must-do when visiting this historic city.

Not only will you get a feel for the past, but also spectacular views across York.

Stretching almost 2 miles around the city, the walls are punctuated by four main gates – Monk Bar, Walmgate Bar, Bootham Bar, and Micklegate Bar.

You can start your walk at any of these entrances, so why not make it extra special and opt for Monk Bar?

It’s the largest and one of the best-preserved gatehouses in England!

As you wander along the walls, be sure to look out for the numerous towers that line them; they were all built between the 12th-13th centuries and each has its own unique story to tell.

York’s City Walls offer a unique insight into its past, as well as breathtaking views across the cityscape.

From here you can easily spot York Minster as well as some of its other stunning churches.

With plenty of things to do along your walk – from discovering hidden gems like St Mary’s Abbey to spotting wildflowers along your route – you’re sure to have a wonderful day exploring this fascinating part of Yorkshire.

2. The Cat Trail

St Mary's Abbey, York

Leaving the City Walls behind, you’ll find the Cat Trail beckoning you to explore York’s unique history.

This walk is especially popular with visitors, as it takes you through some of the most beautiful and interesting parts of town.

The trail begins at Bootham Bar, one of four remaining gatehouses that were built in the 14th century as part of the city walls.

From there, you can follow a path that leads past some fascinating old churches, crosses over the River Ouse, and finally stops at St Mary’s Abbey.

Along the way, you’ll get stunning views of York Minster and other landmarks in the city.

The Cat Trail isn’t just about sightseeing though – it’s also about discovering hidden gems nestled among centuries-old buildings.

During your stroll, keep an eye out for quaint tea rooms and pubs tucked away down alleyways or cobbled streets.

You may even come across a few old cathedrals or statues that have been preserved since medieval times!

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an adventure into York’s past, this is definitely a walk to add to your list.

3. York To Bishopthorpe

Across farmland to Bishopthorpe

The walk from York to Bishopthorpe is one of the most beautiful in the area.

It offers breathtaking views of the countryside, rolling hills, and lush green fields as far as the eye can see.

The route takes you along a winding path that follows a gentle incline, allowing you to take in the scenery at your own pace.

As you make your way through the picturesque villages of Elvington and Copmanthorpe, you’ll be greeted by friendly locals who are always willing to share their knowledge of their beloved home.

Stop for a bite to eat at one of the welcoming pubs and cafes along the way – it’s a great place to relax and soak up some local atmosphere.

Once you reach Bishopthorpe, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over York Minster and its beautiful surrounding grounds.

With its pleasant mix of rural beauty and urban sophistication, this is an ideal spot for those craving a little freedom from everyday life.

4. Deighton And Naburn

Continuing on from York to Bishopthorpe, the next stop is Deighton and Naburn.

This picturesque route offers stunning views of the River Ouse and the surrounding countryside.

The vibrant landscape is perfect for a leisurely stroll or an invigorating hike.

The walk begins at Deighton Bridge and follows the paths along the riverbank.

As you wander, take time to appreciate nature’s beauty – magnificent trees, lush green meadows, and wildflowers in bloom.

Along the way, look out for local wildlife such as herons, ducks, swans, kingfishers, and even otters!

At Naburn Lock, pause to admire the 17th-century lock keeper’s cottage before heading back along the towpath towards Deighton Bridge.

Enjoy a picnic or simply sit back and soak up the scenery before returning to York.

This delightful walk will leave you feeling refreshed with a newfound appreciation of nature’s wonders and beauty!

5. Elvington

The beauty of Elvington is undeniable.

It’s a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, offering hikers the chance to discover its hidden gems.

From rolling hills to lush meadows, there’s something for everyone here.

The fresh air, stunning views, and natural wildlife are enough to make anyone feel truly free.

If you’re looking for a walk with more adventure, try exploring Elvington’s secret pathways.

These winding trails offer great opportunities to take in the area’s unique landscapes and observe some of its native inhabitants – deer are often seen grazing in the fields!

The paths can be tricky at times but they lead to some truly remarkable locations, such as breathtaking waterfalls or secluded lookouts overlooking the surrounding countryside.

Don’t forget your camera – you’ll want to capture these special moments!

No matter how you choose to explore Elvington, it’s sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired by nature.

So why not take a break from everyday life and get lost in this beautiful part of York? You won’t regret it!

Fulford is a great spot for a leisurely walk with plenty of stunning views.

The River Ouse is on one side, offering a tranquil and scenic backdrop, while the other side is lined with rolling hills and green fields.

The trail takes you past some of York’s most iconic landmarks, including the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and the impressive Fulford Gatehouse.

Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of rural life, with cows grazing in the meadows, ducks splashing in the river and birds singing in the trees.

There’s even a pub or two where you can stop off for refreshments if you’re so inclined!

This walk will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed – perfect if you need to get away from it all!

7. Castle Howard Circular

The Castle Howard Circular is a stunning route that takes you through the breathtakingly beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

It’s the perfect way to take in some of the incredible sights of this part of England.

You’ll start your journey at Castle Howard, a magnificent stately home and garden estate built in the 17th century.

From here, you’ll walk along footpaths and bridleways, exploring woods and meadows as you go.

As well as offering up plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, the route also takes in several villages including Slingsby and Ampleforth, allowing you to get a taste of local life too.

As you make your way around this circular route, be sure to keep an eye out for the many attractions it has to offer, including historic sites such as Byland Abbey and Nunnington Hall.

The Castle Howard Circular will leave you with some unforgettable memories – from its picturesque landscapes to its fascinating history – making it one of York’s best walks.

8. Yearsley Moor

Next on our list of the best walks in York is Yearsley Moor.

This is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and explore the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

The moor is home to an abundance of wildlife, from red grouse and curlews to skylarks and lapwings.

The moor has a wide variety of habitats including marshland, heathland, woodland, riverside meadows, and upland grasslands.

There are plenty of opportunities for birdwatching, as well as stunning views across the surrounding hillsides.

The nearby village of Yearsley also offers a range of cafes, shops, and pubs for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink after your walk.

Yearsley Moor is perfect for those looking for an adventure with its many paths offering something for everyone – from gentle strolls along the riverbanks to more challenging hikes up onto the moorland plateau.

Whether you’re looking for an invigorating walk or just some time away from it all, this is one outdoor activity that won’t disappoint!

9. Allerthorpe Wood Circular

Allerthorpe Wood Circular is a stunning walk that takes in some of the finest views of York.

It’s ideal for anyone looking to stretch their legs and take in the beauty of the city.

The path winds its way through picturesque woodland, with plenty of flora and fauna to admire along the way.

You’ll also pass by Allerthorpe Common, which is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer and badgers.

As you make your way around the circular route, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views across the rolling countryside and historic city skyline.

The walk starts off from Allerthorpe Wood car park, before passing through fields and woodlands as it meanders around for two and a half miles.

Along the journey, you’ll come across several benches and picnic spots where you can sit back and take in your surroundings.

At certain points throughout the walk, you may even catch sight of some ancient ruins – a reminder of York’s long history.

Once completed, you can return back to where you started feeling invigorated and refreshed after exploring this beautiful landscape.

10. York Minster To Cliffords Tower

Starting at the stunning York Minster, visitors can take a leisurely stroll to the historic Clifford’s Tower.

This journey begins on Petergate, one of the city’s oldest streets and home to many historical sites.

Along the way, be sure to take a moment to admire the half-timbered buildings and quaint cobblestone paths.

The next stop is Clifford’s Tower, a Norman castle situated atop a hill overlooking the city.

The views from here are simply breathtaking – with the sights of York stretching for miles in all directions.

Take in this majestic sight as you explore the ruins of this ancient castle.

As you meander around its grounds, imagine what life was like centuries ago when it served as an important fortress for the city’s defense.

This walk offers an unforgettable experience that will make you appreciate why York is considered one of Britain’s most beloved cities.

From its beautiful architecture and history-rich streets to its captivating vistas and vibrant atmosphere, it’s no wonder why so many people flock here every year.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful day out or something more adventurous, there’s something for everyone in York.

11. St. Martin To York Minster

If you’re looking for a rewarding walk that takes you from the city center to the outskirts and back, St. Martin to York Minster is an ideal choice.

The route begins at York’s iconic 13th-century church, St. Martin’s-on-the-Hill, where you’ll have sweeping views of the city before setting off.

Heading out of town, it won’t take long before you find yourself in the rolling countryside of North Yorkshire.

You’ll pass through peaceful woodlands and pastures filled with sheep and cows as you make your way toward the village of Haxby.

Once there, take time to explore its neat cobbled streets and quaint pubs before continuing on your journey towards York Minster – one of England’s greatest Gothic cathedrals.

After taking a few moments to admire its grandeur, wander across Dean’s Park to St Mary’s Abbey and enjoy a moment of reflection among its ruins.

From this tranquil spot, it’s just a short walk back into York’s bustling center – where there will be plenty of places to rest up after your enjoyable stroll through some of England’s most beautiful scenery.

12. Riccall Circular Walks

The next best walk in York is a series of Riccall Circular Walks.

This scenic route will take you on an exploration of the area’s tranquil countryside, offering up views and sights that are simply breathtaking.

You’ll start at Riccall, a peaceful village near Selby, and make your way through a network of meadows, woods, and fields.

As you wander around, look out for ancient trees like oaks and elms, while spotting wildlife such as foxes, roe deer, and badgers.

Take the time to stop and admire the spectacular views of the distant hills or explore some of the hidden gems along the way such as King’s Mill Reservoir or Cliffe Castle.

This circular trail is perfect if you want to escape into nature while still being able to stay close to home.

Whether it’s a leisurely stroll or an invigorating hike you’re after – this walk has something for everyone!

So get out there and explore this beautiful part of Yorkshire – you won’t regret it!

13. The Aldwark Ramble

The Aldwark Ramble is a beautiful walk through the heart of York.

Starting from the city center and stretching east along the river Ouse, this meandering route will take you past many of York’s historical landmarks.

Along the way, you’ll find yourself in the midst of some stunning scenery, from ancient ruins to rolling hills and spectacular views across the city.

As you make your way around The Aldwark Ramble, you’re sure to be captivated by its rich history and culture.

Take a moment to appreciate the grandeur of York Minster towering above you, or marvel at Clifford’s Tower as it stands proudly above the surrounding landscape.

There are plenty of interesting nooks and crannies to explore, too – including the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, a treasure trove of medieval artifacts.

Take your time and savor every step – The Aldwark Ramble promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.

Whether you’re looking for an invigorating hike or a leisurely stroll with friends, there’s something here for everyone.

Make sure to pack a camera – this is one journey that deserves to be captured in all its glory!

14. Clifton Walk

First-time visitors to York will find the Clifton Walk a great way to explore the city.

This scenic route takes you along an old Roman road, giving you a glimpse into the history and the beauty of the local landscape.

The walk has plenty of interesting sights along the way, including an ancient castle, a park, and some stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

The walk itself is relatively easy to follow and can be completed in around two hours.

Along the way, you’ll get to take in some stunning views of York Minster Cathedral, pass through some lovely wooded areas, and cross a few bridges over tranquil rivers.

There are also plenty of places to stop off along the way for refreshments or just to take in the scenery.

At its end point, Clifton Walk leads to Clifton Ings Nature Reserve – a perfect spot for those who appreciate nature’s beauty.

Here you can enjoy peaceful walks through meadows filled with wildflowers or wander among tall trees with birdsong filling the air.

With its unique blend of historical sites and natural beauty, this walk is sure to leave visitors feeling relaxed and inspired by their time in York.

15. Nunnington

Nunnington is a beautiful village located in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire.

It’s home to one of the best walks in York – a 4-mile route that takes you up to Nunnington Hall and back.

This walk is perfect for anyone looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The route begins with a gentle climb up to Nunnington Hall, where you can take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Once you reach the top, you will be treated to panoramic views of the village below.

From here, you’ll pass by rolling hills, meadows, and streams as you make your way back down toward Nunnington.

Along the way, look out for local wildlife such as rabbits, hares, and even red deer!

The walk provides an excellent opportunity to get away from it all and take some time out to appreciate nature at its finest.

Enjoy spectacular views, experience the sights and sounds of wildlife in their natural habitat, and revel in the freedom that comes with exploring nature on foot – it’s easy to see why this is one of York’s best walks!

Best Walks in York – Final Thoughts

Wrapping up our journey through the best walks in York, it is clear that the city offers something for everyone.

From exploring ancient walls to meandering through green spaces, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Whether you’re a history buff or nature lover, there’s something to suit all tastes.

York is an ideal destination for a walking holiday and I highly recommend it as a great place to explore on foot.

You won’t be disappointed – the city has some incredible trails, each with its own unique charm and beauty.

Take your time to appreciate the stunning views and discover hidden gems along the way.

These 15 best walks in York are sure to leave you with lasting memories of your trip.

So why not pack your walking shoes and take a stroll around this beautiful city?

You won’t regret it!

What are some easy walks in York?

Some easy walks in York are Bishopthorpe, Fulford, and Holtby.

What are the best circular walks in York?

Some of the best circular walks in York are Riccall Circular, The Aldwark Ramble, and Beningbrough River Walk.

What are some good family walks in York?

Some good family walks in York are York City Walls, York Cat Trail, and York Museum Garden.

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50+ fantastic walks in York and Yorkshire – updated for 2023

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Thu 30 Mar 2023  @ 12:02pm YorkMix Things to do

Walk off that Sunday roast… or maybe earn curry calories before your Saturday night take-away with our updated walks guide.

From less than one mile to more than ten, there is something to fit everyone here. Choose from the links below to jump to the type of walk you want, or scroll down to browse them all.

In and near the city

Country walks, coastal walks.

If you’ve got a favourite we’ve missed let us know by leaving a comment below or dropping us a line at [email protected] .

Otherwise, get your boots on and get out!

St. Nick’s Nature Reserve

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Less of a walk and more of a meander, this hidden gem is less than one mile from the city centre. There is no set route, but the map in the link below shows you the paths you can explore. Perfect for a family wander.

  • Start: St. Nick’s Environment Centre
  • Full details

Clifton walk

A circular walk from Bootham Bar that goes northwards away from the city, and returns by the riverside footpath to Lendal Bridge. It takes you to some of the Rowntree’s homes in Clifton which in their days lay right on the leafy outskirts of the city.

  • Less than 1 hour
  • Start: Bootham Bar

Out of town Rowntree walk

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This walk takes you to some significant establishments and resting places connected with the Rowntree family. From the groundbreaking Retreat to the Quaker burial ground and back via Rowntree Park, it offers a new perspective on our historic city.

  • Start: Walmgate bar

Askham Richard, Bilbrough and Askham Bryan

This walk takes in a number of ancient settlements to the West of York, with Askham Richard, Bilbrough and Askham Bryan all recorded in the Doomsday book of 1086. Bilbrough is 150 feet above sea level and as a result, the village commands extensive views over the Vale of York.

  • Moderate going
  • Start: Askham Richard

This walk starts in a conservation area and takes in the Church of St Giles, which is Grade I listed and dates from c1240. Tasing through the edge of the city, it returns North along the bank of the River Ouse, affording long views across Poppleton Ings.

  • Start: Skelton Primary School

To the south of York, Wheldrake is thought to refer to the historical presence of wells or springs that occur on the site of village. The walk tracks to the east of the village, with rich woodlands and the possibility of sighting deer or a fox.

  • Start: Wheldrake village

Solar system walk

This linear walk is really intended as a cycle ride, but can be a great walk with lots to talk about with children. Although the full route is 13 miles long (6.5 miles each way), you can turn back after any planet, making it as scalable as you like. Models of our sun and associated planets are spaced out as they would be if our solar system was reduced in size to fit this stretch of what was the old East Coast main-line railway. Bishopthorpe, just before Jupiter, has perfect pubs for lunch with child-friendly gardens.

  • Up to 6.5 miles (one way)
  • Start: Sim Balk Lane, near York College

York city walls

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An oldie but a goodie. The length of the walls is less than three miles, and for that you get two millennia of history.

A simple walk on the edge of York which takes you out of an ancient village and back again, via Common Lane.

  • Start: Low Lane, Heslington Main Street

The quickest of these walks, this is a jaunt around the Fulford Ings. Features boathouses and a variety of wildlife – but sometimes floods after heavy rain.

  • Start: Fulford Main Street

Stockton on the Forest

With names like Bean Land Lane and Nova Scotia Farm this walk has a charm of its own. And you can visit Brockfield Hall in the summer months.

  • Start: Stockton on the Forest Main Street

Bishopthorpe

Here you get to explore Bishopthorpe itself (with plenty of places to eat and drink), skirt the river and walk along the edge of York Racecourse.

  • Start: Bishopthorpe Library

Just a stretch of the legs, this route takes you from the Vale of York village across to Dunnington Hall and back.

  • Start: Holy Trinity Church, Holtby

Stretch your legs in this walk around the fields and farm land surrounding Elvington – and see if you can spot some ducks and geese along the way. With this walk there is also an option to visit the river Derwent.

  • Start: Beck Close, Elvington

Fulford and Heslington

This walk takes you past the Heslington Tillmire which is a large area of common land designated as a Site of Special Interest – owing to its important marshy grassland and fen plant flora. It also provides an important habitat for breeding birds such as lapwing, snipe, curlew, teal and pintail – so perhaps a good one for keen birdwatchers!

  • Start: End of Fordlands Road, Fulford

New Earswick

Explore the ‘garden village’ of New Earswick in this customisable walk that goes over Yearsley Bridge and past the old Rowntree’s factory and along Wigginton Road.

  • 2.25 miles or 6.25 miles
  • 1 hour or 3 hours
  • Moderate/challenging going
  • Start: New Earswick Library

A circular walk around the village of Osbaldwick that goes past ‘Bad Bargain Lane’ – it was named after a small holding in the nearby parish of Holtby and was regarded as a ‘bad bargain’ by a disgruntled owner, as the enclosure allotment contained two thirds of an acre of swampy pond…

  • Start: St Thomas Church Osbaldwick

Aldwark Ramble

This pleasant stroll takes a circular route through cultivated, wildlife-rich countryside under wide open skies. It takes you where witches walked, through the ancient hunting grounds of kings and links in with a man who fought at the Battle of Hastings.

  • Easy/moderate going
  • Start: Aldwark Church

A varied walk that starts in a pretty village with its ancient church, takes in the legend of the Nunnington dragon, a ridge walk with panoramic views and, depending on the time of year, the chance of plenty of wildlife. The National Trust property of Nunnington Hall is also well worth a visit.

  • Start: Nunnington Church

Some of the most spectacular views in the whole National Park unfold as you cross the heights of Cold Moor, en route to the magnificent rock crags known as the Wainstones.

  • Start: Chop Gate Village Hall

Brayton Barff

In the open valley of Pickering, this route flows through ancient woodland and is a great spot for bird watching and spring bluebells. Several other footpaths branch off to take you exploring through the woods or climbing towards the summit, which is the highest point for miles within an area dominated by flat agricultural land. Please note: these extra paths are less suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

  • Start: Brayton Barff

Kirkham Priory

A circular walk starting at the majestic ruins of Kirkham Priory next to the River Derwent. The route follows woodland and open paths through the pretty Howardian Hills before returning along the riverbank. The walk offers you and your pooch a bit of a climb to get the blood pumping, as well as the chance for a paddle and a good romp in the fields and along the path by the river. Views are plentiful amid the peace and quiet.

  • Start: Kirkham Priory car park

Fountains Abbey

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Learn a little more about the ancient trees in the Deer Park and gain insights into 18th-century landscaping. Follow the bridleways, footpaths and roadways through this delightful estate on this dog-friendly walk.

  • Start: Fountains Abbey visitor centre

Pickering Castle and Newbridge

Heading though quiet lanes and pastures to the railway crossing at Newbridge before climbing into woodland and returning via Pickering Castle. Dog-friendly, the paths through woodland and pastures can get muddy.

  • Easy to moderate going
  • Start: Pickering library

Swinsty Reservoir, Harrogate

This route around Swinsty Reservoir nestles in the stunning Washburn Valley and provides breathtaking views across the water and the surrounding landscape, especially from the embankment near the River Washburn or various rest points dotted along the walk.

  • Start: Swinsty Moor car park

Haworth Moor

Straddling the Pennines, this invigorating walk sweeps through the wild moorland and heather which was an inspiration for the Bronte sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne. The paths and tracks on this route provide views up to Top Withens ruins, connected locally to Emily’s famous novel Wuthering Heights and the surrounding moors. Visitors are asked to keep all dogs on a lead in the interest of farming and conservation.

  • Challenging going
  • Start: Penistone Hill Country Park car park

Selby waterways trail

A 2.8 mile flat route with very little incline. Discover Selby lock basin, David Mayne’s sculpture, moored canal boats and Brayton bridge.

  • Start: Selby Canal lock basin

Stamford Bridge and the River Derwent

Explore the history of the village including the site of the Battle of Stamford Bridge and a long peaceful stretch alongside the idyllic River Derwent. Passing underneath the old viaduct, the walk has a one mile stretch along a quiet country lane, passing the old station before returning to Stamford Bridge.

  • 10 miles (can be shortened)
  • Start: Viking Road car park

Castle at Sheriff Hutton

The ruins of Sheriff Hutton’s Neville Castle dominate this walk throughout, sitting as it is on a slight rise and still containing some impressive high walls. Rising up at the edge of the Vale of York, impressive views across the plain abound.

  • 8.5 miles (less with shortcut)
  • Moderate to challenging going
  • Start: Sheriff Hutton

Forge Valley Woods

Take to the boards on this easy-going 2-mile linear route along a a fairly level, wooden boardwalk. It meanders through the strikingly beautiful woods of Forge Valley. It’s a joy to walk at any time of year. In spring you’ll find yourself overwhelmed with great swathes of pungent wild garlic and delightful wood anemone; in autumn, the woodland colours are magnificent.

  • 2 miles (one-way)
  • Easy going and accessible
  • Start: Old Man’s Mouth car park

Staindale Lake

It may only be a half-mile stroll, but the views along this walk are superb. Entrance to Dalby Forest is by toll road (admission charged), but it’s well worth it. Stop off at Low Dalby for refreshements, a paddle in the stream and to hear the zip-wire screams of GoApe high fliers.

  • Start: High Staindale car park

Lord Stones Walk

It might only be a shade under 3 miles, but this is a real adventure walk for all the family, with some awe-inspiring views into the bargain. There’s a striking panorama of Middlesbrough, the Cleveland plain, Roseberry Topping and Cook’s Monument.

  • Start: Lord Stones Country Park

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This is the famous ‘daffodil dale’. Between mid-March and mid-April the whole route is lit up by the yellow flowers, leading you to the Daffy Cafe, but it’s a lovely walk at any time of year. A great one for families too.

  • Start: Low Mill car park

Beningbrough

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Only a 20 minute drive from York city centre this walk is suitable for all ages. Takes in the open parkland around Beningbrough Hall, York’s country house now owned by the National Trust.

  • Start: Newton-on-Ouse

Thornton le Dale and Ellerburn

One of the prettiest villages in the North York Moors National Park, Thornton le Dale is a beautiful spot to start and finish this walk. It takes you to the hamlet of Ellerburn and its ancient church, and features stretches along the wooded riverside

  • Start: Thornton le Dale car park

White Horse and Kilburn Woods

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A circular and fairly strenuous walk taking in the steep valley slopes of Kilburn Woods and the Kilburn White Horse chalk figure set into the hillside.

  • 6 miles (shortcuts can be made)
  • Start: Sutton Bank North York Moors visitor centre

Bishop Wilton

This more challenging walk offers a chance to climb hills, explore deep dales all the time while benefiting from great countryside views. Car parking available, and dog-friendly too.

  • Moderate/hard going
  • Start: Eastern end of the village

Hutton le Hole and Lastingham

With its undulating grass banks where sheep roam free, Hutton le Hole is like something created for the James Herriot World of Adventures. Also on this charming walk check out Ryedale Folk Museum and Lastingham’s St Mary’s Church.

  • Start: Hutton-le-Hole

Hidden valleys and unexpected viewpoints await. The seclusion of Mowthorpe Dale and the peaceful limestone villages of Terrington and Ganthorpe provide contrast during your walk.

  • Start: Terrington Village Hall

Ripley Castle

Rolling countryside dotted with isolated farms, with some glimpses of the castle estate on the way. Food, drink and history at the castle itself.

  • Start: Ripley car park

Brimham Rocks

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Managed by the National Trust, Brimham Rocks is a fantastic, oversized natural playground for kids aged from 3-63. Look out for flashes of blue as kingfisher fly past, and brown trout in the waters as you walk along the river path. Featuring panoramic views across Nidderdale.

  • Start: Brimham rocks car park

Roseberry Topping

It’s a fair climb up the charmingly odd Roseberry Topping hill, but you are rewarded with a great spot for a picnic and some wonderful views.

  • Start: Car park near Newton under Roseberry

Welburn with views of Castle Howard

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Lots to see on this walk near the famous Castle Howard, including the Temple of the Four Winds, dating from 1738, and Ray Wood, a woodland garden with plants from all over the world.

  • Start: Eastern end of Welburn village

A nice walk with a few steep inclines along the Wolds Way. Who wouldn’t be enchanted by views across Honey Dale?

  • Start: Thixendale village

Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey

This circular route provides a walk with diversity – town views, a flora-filled wood, quiet villages and ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.

  • Moderate/difficult going
  • Start: Helmsley Castle car park

Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum

A classic route over the North York Moors, and lots of history too. Lockton, three miles away, offers the closest refreshments.

  • Start: Saltergate car park

Londesborough Village walk

Explore the old estate village and enjoy the tranquility of a former deer park. This walk takes in part of the Wolds Way.

  • Start: Towthorpe picnic area

This circular walk takes you to and from the picturesque village of Sawley, between Pateley Bridge and Ripon. Along the way you’ll pass through woodland and along country lanes with sweeping rural views.

  • 3 or 5.5 miles
  • 1.75-2.5 hours
  • Start: Sawley Village Hall

The Yorkes of Bewerley

This walk takes you around what were once the extensive gardens and grounds surrounding Bewerley Hall which, until it was demolished in the 1920s, was the home of the influential Yorke family. The designed landscape, developed in the 18th to 20th centuries, included parkland, pleasure gardens, woodlands, ponds, walled kitchen gardens – and a folly.

  • Start: Pateley Bridge South Car Park

Pocklington Canal

A fun walk along the Pocklington canal for you and your dog. Start the walk at the Melbourne Arms pub. There is a small pub car park but also parking on the street round and about. There is a well marked path to walk down to the canal.

  • Start: Melbourne Arms pub

Towton Battlefield

This historical walk explores the site of the Battle of Towton which was fought on 29 March 1461 near the Yorkshire village of Towton. It was a significant battle during the English Wars of the Roses, fought between the houses of Lancaster and York for control of the English throne.

  • Start: Towton village

Byland Abbey via Mount Snever Observatory

This circular walk starts in front of Byland Abbey. Byland Abbey was started in 1177 by the Savigny monks, a reforming branch of the Benedictines. From the abbey, the walk heads into Wass and then follows a track through a wood for about one mile to reach Mount Snever Observatory (a now disused stone tower) before descending to Oldstead and heading back to the Abbey.

  • Start: Byland Abbey

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Rosedale was part of industrial Yorkshire, with its ironstone mines, kilns and even a moorland railway. This circuit takes you from pretty Rosedale Abbey village through rolling valley farmland and into Rosedale itself, bringing you back along the old railway track past the impressive ruins of the old roasting kilns.

  • Start: Rosedale Abbey

Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole

Long before Heartbeat and TV fame, the tumbling waterfall of Mallyan Spout helped put Goathland on the map as a tourist village in the nineteenth century. The walk descends into the wooded valley bottom, where Beck Hole Inn provides suitable refreshments, before returning along part of the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line.

  • Start: Goathland

Coxwold and Husthwaite

Starting in the chocolate-box pretty village of Coxwold, the route can be a little indistinct in parts, but it’s worth persevering with. The reward is wonderful views from Beacon Banks north to the White Horse and the western moors and south over the plains of York. The Fauconberg Arms also offers liquid reward on completion.

  • Start: Coxwold church

Osmotherley and Mount Grace

This circular walk touches every aspect of the village’s rich religious past. The village itself has both medieval church and 18th-century Methodist chapel, while following field and woodland paths to the northwest leads to the impressive ruins of Mount Grace Priory – the best-preserved Carthusian remains in the country.

  • Start: Osmotherley market cross

Fearby, near Masham

A short walk around Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including The Black Swan free house which runs regular beer festivals.

  • 3 or 8 miles
  • 1.25 or 4 hours
  • Start: Black Swan, Fearby

Malham Landscape

It starts with the climb up the 400 steps to the top of Malham Cove, then across the limestone pavement towards Gordale Bridge. From there it is definitely worth the short linear detour to the impressive Gordale Scar gorge and waterfall. The return route through Janet’s Foss is a complete contrast through heavy deciduous woodland. And then your choice of pubs, the Buck Inn and the Lister Arms.

  • Start: Malham National Park Centre

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Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby

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Enjoy great views over the Bay and Whitby, passing the old lighthouse and fog horn, along this coastal path. The up and downs are not too bad (except Maw Wyke Hole) and the path generally in good condition; the ruins of Whitby Abbey becoming increasingly dominant on the Whitby approach. Catch the X93/93 bus back after refreshments in one of Whitby’s many lovely pubs.

  • Start: Robin Hood’s Bay

Bempton to Buckton

A great walk any time, but perfect for June and July, when the Puffins, with their multi-coloured beaks, nest low down in deep crevices. Don’t miss St Michael’s Church in Bempton. Built in the 12th Century, it features an attractive stained glass window depicting St Francis, Bempton Cliffs and seabirds.

  • Start: RSPB Bempton Cliffs Seabird Centre

Staithes and Port Mulgrave

Starting at the atmospheric old fishing village of Staithes, this walk takes in harbour-side cottages, cobbled streets and winding alleys. For the first half, it follows the Cleveland Way National Trail giving wonderful coastal views. The return is more rural and via the small hamlet of Dalehouse.

  • Start: Staithes car park at the top of the hill. NB. Don’t drive down into the old village!

Filey creates for a magnificent coastal walk away from the hustle and bustle of a city. The beach is so long that it could never be overcrowded with people.

  • Start: West Avenue car park

Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay

Make a day’s walk of it. From the craggy heights of Ravenscar the route runs across Howdale Moor for some classic moorland scenery before dropping down to the old Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line and along to the famous smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay.

  • Start: Ravenscar National Trust Coastal Centre

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York’s City Walls are FREE.  They are open to walk on from about 8.00am to dusk daily  (except in conditions when repairs/maintenance, snow or ice may make them dangerous)

York’s medieval City Walls (or “Bar Walls”), a scheduled ancient monument encircling the  historic City of York, comprise 3.4km (2 miles) of surviving masonry. They are the longest town walls in England. They were built mainly in the 13th century of magnesian limestone and, uniquely  in England, were set on earthen ramparts.

York’s City Walls offer a splendid elevated walk around the city. The accompanying moats have largely disappeared but the slopes of the ramparts are well known for the display of daffodils in March and April.

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Map  1  –  The City Walls Trail and access to the wall-walk

An alternative map,  produced for times when the walls might be closed,  is AVAILABLE HERE .   It might help you to see the walls from ground level if you can’t access the elevated sections.

A walk round the walls takes about 2 hours and offers an opportunity to see the main features of the walls. There are four main bars, or fortified gateways,  two smaller gateways with more modern stonework and one postern (a very small gateway defended by a tower), frequent intermediate towers, and details like windows, arrow-slits and gun ports, sculptures, and masons’ marks. There are also good views of many important buildings from the walls.

One section of the medieval walls is in the  Museum Gardens, where you can see the best surviving stretch of the Roman fortress wall and the Roman Multangular Tower with medieval stonework above it. Also in the Museum Gardens are the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and the precinct walls around two sides of the Abbey. These walls were built at the same time as the City Walls and are the finest surviving example of Abbey walls in the country.

Walking the trail around the Walls is roughly like walking the edges of a kilometre square. Each side in this square has a grand medieval fortified gateway called a “bar”. The trail is divided by these bars into 4 unequal corners. There is a brief description of these in “Overview”.

This guide starts at Bootham Bar and goes clockwise. You can however start wherever you wish and go in either direction. The trail followed is “on the walls” wherever possible, with street level sections described when necessary. To follow the full York’s City Walls Trail – read on through the following sections and pages.

In the following 19 web pages the Walls Trail guide is divided into sections covering :-  Introduction;  Overview;  13 x Trail Sections (starting at Bootham Bar, the north-west gate and going clockwise);  Appendix (with more on stonework, plants, notices, names, cafes & pubs, etc..);  History;  Glossary;  Credits;  Contents.

Each of the 19 Walls Trail web pages has been allocated a unique QR code (QR = Quick Response – a small 2-dimensional square with dots in it).      A6 size QR  Code Cards can be found at strategic wall-walk access places around the York City Walls Trail.  These QR codes can then be scanned and used by “out and about” smartphone and tablet owners to access the information around the walls. The QR codes give links to the web pages relevant to their nearest wall-walk section(s).

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Follow the whole trail by linking from section to section OR just dip in and out of any section(s) you are interested in.

Introduction & Access –  York’s City Walls Trail Overview –  York’s City Walls Trail Trail Section 1.   Bootham Bar Trail Section 2.   Bootham Bar to Monk Bar Trail Section 3.   Monk Bar Trail Section 4.   Monk Bar to the river Foss Trail Section 5.   Along the   River Foss to the Red Tower Trail Section 6.   Red Tower to Walmgate Bar Trail Section 7.   Walmgate Bar Trail Section 8.   Walmgate Bar to Fishergate Postern Trail Section 9.   Fishergate Postern to the river Ouse Trail Section 10.   River Ouse (Baile Hill) to Micklegate Bar Trail Section 11.   Micklegate Bar Trail Section 12.   Micklegate Bar to Barker Tower (the river Ouse) Trail Section 13.   River Ouse to Bootham Bar + Abbey Gardens Appendix – stonework, plants, notices, names, cafes & pubs, etc.. History & Time Line Glossary, Maps & Credits Contents & Links

Each of the 13 Wall Trail sections starts with the “basics” – these are for every reader, including those who want to walk the Walls speedily (taking, perhaps, a little more than an hour to walk the whole trail).   “Basics” are followed by “details” – more details about this bit of the trail. Next come “views” – describing things that can be seen from the trail but which are beyond the Walls and ramparts.  “Off-trail extras” are mainly less than 100 metres walk from the trail and many of these bring their rewards within 20 metres.  Then at the end of each section of the trail come brief “stories”.

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For information on short term closures like those for ice the phone number is now 01904 551551, from 8.30 -5.30 Monday to Friday. This takes you to an operator at “Smarter York” who should have had an email informing them of any closures;  these should also be posted on the City of York Council twitter and facebook accounts, there are links to these on the main City Walls page.

The wall-walk is usually open from 8.00am and closes at dusk, a time which changes through the year.  For details see the CYC web site page at  https://www.york.gov.uk/CityWalls

The information here was originally compiled and checked in 2013, and has been continually updated since then. Please tell us if you discover any mistakes or changes.

It is intended to keep improving and updating the guide sections – so suggestions for such changes are welcome. Please email your suggestions to [email protected]

The text is copyright to Simon Mattam and The Friends of York Walls. Web pages design and layout by Alan Fleming for FOYW.  No part of the following pages may be reproduced in any form without the permission of the author, and by giving him full acknowledgement for the work.  No commercial use must be made of this text, images or web pages.

Maps, drawings and images are copyright to their owners as stated in the “Credits” section.

A similar guide, with a detailed index, and many of the pictures as used in these web pages, is in print and sold for about £6.  See : “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls” by Simon Mattam.  Eboru Publishing  [ISBN 978 0 9929002 0 5].  It was published in 2014 but is updated on its Facebook page  [  www.facebook.com/walkyorkwalls  ]

The web pages  Walls Trail – HOME, INTRODUCTION and OVERVIEW contain some small sections of repeated text. This has been done to aid the clarity when viewing these as individual pages.

LINKS TO TRAIL PAGES :-

THE FOLLOWING PAGES WILL CONTINUE TO BE EDITED AS UPDATES AND CORRECTIONS ARE INCORPORATED

LINKS TO ALL TRAIL PAGES :-

Wall Trail:   Start with the   Introduction & Access       [map 1]

Wall Trail: Overview

The Trail:   Section 1. Bootham Bar                                 [map 3 ]

The Trail:   Section 2. North Corner    (Bootham Bar to Monk Bar)

The Trail:   Section 3. Monk Bar                                       [map 4]

The Trail:   Section 4. East Corner, part1    (Monk Bar to the river Foss)

The Trail:   Section 5. East Corner, part2    (Along the  River Foss to the Red Tower)

The Trail:   Section 6. East Corner, part3    (Red Tower to Walmgate Bar)

The Trail:   Section 7. Walmgate Bar                               [map 5]

The Trail:   Section 8. South Corner, part1   (Walmgate Bar to Fishergate Postern)

The Trail:   Section 9.South Corner, part2   (Fishergate Postern to the river Ouse)

The Trail:   Section 10. South Corner, part3  (River Ouse to Micklegate Bar)

The Trail:   Section 11. Micklegate Bar                             [map 6]

The Trail:   Section 12. West Corner, part1   (Micklegate Bar to the river Ouse)

The Trail:   Section 13. West Corner, part2   (River Ouse to Bootham Bar)

Wall Trail: Appendix    (with more on stonework, plants, notices, names, cafes & pubs, etc..)

Walls Trail: History & Time Line                                     [map 2]

Walls Trail: Glossary, Maps & Credits

Walls Trail: Contents & Links

A printable list of Walls Trail pages QR Codes & Links

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Layout, text and all content is copyright to the Friends of York Walls. Any comments, errors / corrections, etc.  to    [email protected]

A similar guide to this on-line guide is also in print, and sold for about £6.00 See “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls”  by Simon Mattam. Eboru Publishing  – ISBN 978 0 9929002 0 5. It was published in 2014,  but is updated on its Facebook page   HERE

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York in a Day: The Perfect One-Day Itinerary for York, England

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

Today we have a guest post from Kelsey from Sights Better Seen on the perfect one-day itinerary for York. Kelsey studied abroad in York, so she has lots of great travel tips and photos to share. Without further ado!

Anytime someone tells me they’re going to England, I tell them to head straight to York. Founded by the Romans in 71 AD, York is one of England’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Around every corner, you’ll find medieval architecture, half-timbered houses, or boxes of colorful flowers. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

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Why you should take a day trip to York

Here’s why I fell head over heels in love with this medieval English city and why you probably will, too:

  • It’s super haunted – York is hailed as the most haunted city in Europe – some even argue it’s the most haunted city in the world . With 140 ghosts and more than 500 hauntings, they might be right.
  • It’s easily walkable – York is a small city, so you don’t have to bother with public transportation. The city center is just a 15-minute walk from the train station.
  • It’s safe – As a solo female traveler, I found York to be an extremely safe and welcoming place to visit.

P.S. You can also scroll to the bottom of this post for a free map of what to include in your one-day York itinerary, which you can download and use offline with an app like Google Maps.

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

Getting to York

York is located in Northern England; it’s 3.5 hours north of London by car . If you travel by train, it takes about 2 hours, making a day trip to York from London totally doable.

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

Your one day in York itinerary: What to do, see, eat, and drink

Have a full english breakfast at partisan.

Only a five-minute walk from the train station, Partisan is a great place to start your day trip to York. I recommend trying Partisan’s full English breakfast which consists of fried eggs, sausages, back bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, beans, and black pudding. It’s absolutely delicious. If you’re not a meat-eater, Partisan also offers vegetarian and vegan versions of the full English breakfast.

Walk the City Walls

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

Originally built by the Romans, York is encircled by medieval city walls (they’re actually the longest medieval town walls in England !). What’s neat is you can walk on top of the walls, which offer stunning views of the city. It takes an hour or so to walk the complete loop, which is about 2 miles long.

The walls can be a little crowded, so I recommend visiting them right when they open (8 a.m.) or just before they close (dusk). They’re free to visit, so I suggest hopping on and off the wall as you explore York. You can do a free self-guided tour — click here to read more . You can also do a private guided tour of the walls — check current prices here .

Marvel at the city’s gatehouses (known as “bars”)

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

The wall is punctuated by “bars”, meaning gatehouses, which were used in medieval times to collect tolls. There are four main bars meaning in York: Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, Walmgate Bar, and Micklegate Bar. I recommend seeing all of them!

See a museum (or five)

York is home to many excellent museums. My personal favorite is the York Castle Museum. Though it’s no longer a castle, it’s a former prison that has been converted into a quirky mixture of exhibits: You can walk down an old Victorian street, visit an 18th-century debtor’s prison, step back into the 1960s, and so much more.

Here are some other unique museums to see while in York:

  • Vikings at JORVIK Viking Centre : A museum dedicated to all things Viking, featuring reconstructions of old Viking settlements. £12.50 for adults.
  • National Railway Museum : If you love trains, you’ll be enamored with this museum. It’s also free!
  • York’s Chocolate Story : Do I really have to convince you to go to a chocolate museum? You get to make your own chocolate bar and learn all about the history of this delicious sweet. £12.95 for adults.
  • York Art Gallery : A public art gallery with a collection dating back to the 14th century. £7.27 for adults.

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

Enjoy afternoon tea at Betty’s

In operation since 1936, Betty’s is THE place to have afternoon tea in York. I recommend ordering the Traditional Afternoon Tea that comes with tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and a pot of tea. It costs £20 per person. If you’re on a budget, you can get the abbreviated version for £10 per person, which comes with tea and two scones.

Stroll through the Shambles

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

The Shambles is a small, narrow street that dates back to the Middle Ages. Walking down the street, you’ll wonder if you’ve just teleported straight into Hogwarts. Funnily enough, the Shambles is one of the locations that reportedly inspired Diagon Alley. You’ll even find several Harry Potter-themed stores there.

Along with the Harry Potter-themed stores, you’ll find all kinds of quirky and fun shops: chocolate shops, a cheese store, craft beer sellers, bakeries, to name a few. There’s a lot to do on the Shambles, so be sure to leave some time to explore.

Try a pasty at The Cornish Bakery

If you’re feeling peckish, stop by the Cornish Bakery for a pasty. A pasty is a traditional baked good that originated in the southwest of England; It’s basically a folded pie that’s filled with meat, cheese, and/or vegetables.

If you’re a vegetarian, I highly recommend trying the sweet potato and feta pasty at the Cornish Bakery — it’s amazing!

Visit the York Minster, York’s beautiful cathedral

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

Next, stop by the York Minster . Locally known as “The Minster”, this enormous Gothic cathedral is arguably York’s most famous landmark. I recommend paying to see inside the cathedral, as the interior is just as beautiful as the outside. An adult ticket costs £16.50, which includes both a church and a tower visit. The tower provides beautiful views of the city, so I highly recommend paying to go up.

Tip – if you visit an hour or two before the Minster closes, you’ll hear the choir singing the Evensong, which is the evening service. It’s also much less crowded at this time, which is always a plus in my book.

Have dinner at The Golden Fleece

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

The Golden Fleece is a traditional English pub that’s also the most haunted pub in York. Fifteen different ghosts “live” in the hotel! The most commonly seen ghost is Lady Alice Peckett, whose husband, John Peckett, owned the hotel and was mayor of York.

Foodwise, the Golden Fleece serves traditional pub food but offers vegetarian options, too. If you stay for dessert, be sure to get the sticky toffee pudding – it’s amazing!

Go on a ghost tour

If you stay later in the evening, you HAVE to go on a ghost tour in York. I recommend the Shadows of York Ghost Walk which costs £6 for adults. The Original Ghost Walk of York also comes highly recommended and costs £5 for adults. You can also book the York ghost bus tour here , which lasts 75 minutes and includes a comedy show.

Sip cocktails at Evil Eye

This quirky, dimly lit bar has a brightly painted interior that’s the perfect place to escape the rainy English weather. Evil Eye is known for its impressive selection of gin but serves an array of creative cocktails with many other spirits as well. You can even book a gin tasting or learn to make cocktails!

A map of the best things to do on a one-day itinerary in York:

When to visit York

How to spend one day in York: A 24-hour itinerary

November & December – In November and December, get into the Christmas spirit by visiting the York Christmas Festival, where you can enjoy warm cups of gluhwein, delicious baked goods, and fun activities.

February – In February, visit York to see the Yorvik Viking festival, which is an entire week of all things Viking. You’ll see reenactments (and even some battles!) and learn all about York’s Viking history.

March – In March, York hosts Restaurant Week, where you can dine at pricey restaurants at steeply discounted prices.

July – In July, York hosts the Great Yorkshire Fringe, which is ten days of theater, song, and dance productions. Similar to the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this festival is fun and enjoyable for all.

August – On a weekend in August, stop by the York Walls Festival to discover York’s heritage related to the City Walls.

For a complete list of festivals in York, click here . There’s something fun happening almost every month!

Where to stay in York:

The Golden Fleece -Not only does this pub serve delicious food, but you can also stay the night. It’s also located in the city center, which is quite convenient. You’ll literally have The Shambles at your doorstep.

The Lawrence Luxury Aparthotel – At the Lawrence, you can have your own little apartment situated in the heart of York. If you like to cook, you’re in luck – these apartments come with fully equipped kitchens.

Moxy York – This is a mid-range modern hotel with a quirky feel. All rooms and common areas are accented with bright purple, giving it a funky vibe. While the Moxy isn’t directly in the city center, it’s only a 5-10 minute walk to the center of town.

Safestay York – Located in a 16th-century Georgian townhouse, this hostel has an elegant and funky vibe. They offer mixed bed dorms, female-only dorms, or private rooms. It’s located right next to the train station.

YHA York – YHA York is a budget hostel that offers female-only, male-only, and private group rooms. This hostel is about a 25-minute walk to the center but is located on the River Ouse, making for a pretty setting. I’d suggest walking along the river into town!

And there you have it – all my suggestions for spending one day in York! As you now know, it’s a fantastic city with tons to do. I’m already trying to plan my next visit – I’m thinking December as I’m a sucker for Christmas markets.

Have you ever been to York? What did you think?

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About Kelsey Frey

Kelsey is a blogger and freelance writer originally from California, but currently navigating her newfound digital nomad life in Europe. If you're curious about an honest account of life without a permanent address, you can follow her on Instagram @sightsbetterseen or pop over to her blog at Sights Better Seen for more about her (mis)adventures.

2 thoughts on “York in a Day: The Perfect One-Day Itinerary for York, England”

Love the details and breakdown. Never been to York but you really have me wanting to take a trip. Would you recommend this for a family trip? Bars etc aside. Seems like a great place for everyone.

I think it would be great for a family trip!

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Tourist stabbed at random while walking out of Times Square gift shop

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TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Millions of people visit Manhattan every single year - now, one tourist is leaving Midtown with a horror story after being stabbed at random while walking out of a gift shop.

8th Avenue and 43rd Street in Times Square is full of foot traffic and police at all hours and is statistically very safe. The seemingly random attack on a tourist was caught on video on Saturday around 6 p.m. - it shows the victim doing nothing at all to provoke it.

The video shows a man sitting in front of the store in a walker. An employee says the man just bought cigarettes.

"He's like normal, smoking a cigarette - when I see him, the girl's coming from the gift shop. He had like big knife," said Anwar Yahia.

Yahia says he can't imagine what was going through the mind of the regular customer that he would do something so violent on such a busy street out of the blue.

"After he stabbed the lady, he sit down to the chair, nothing happened - everybody walked close to him, he didn't do nothing," added Yahia.

The tourists are seen walking away looking bewildered. Police say the stab victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a wound to the chest.

Cyril Destin, 61, was quickly arrested and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

"I was scared because he comes to the store to buy cigarettes, and after that, they lock him up," Yahia said.

Destin has been arrested more than a dozen times before. He lives in a building nearby that includes supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals.

Destin is due in court on Sunday night.

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Invoking Struggle and Faith, Biden Reaches Out at Morehouse

Addressing graduates of the historically Black college in Georgia, Mr. Biden spoke to a crucial segment of the electorate and sought to distinguish himself from Donald J. Trump.

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Biden calls on morehouse college graduates to defend democracy, in a commencement speech at morehouse, the historically black men’s college in atlanta, president biden condemned white supremacy and “extremist forces aligned against the meaning and message of morehouse.”.

You started college just as George Floyd was murdered and there was a reckoning on race. It’s natural to wonder if democracy you hear about actually works for you. What is democracy if Black men are being killed in the street? What is democracy if the trail of broken promises still leave Black communities behind? What is democracy if you have to be 10 times better than anyone else to get a fair shot? Well that’s my commitment to you. To show you democracy, democracy, democracy, is still the way. That Black men are being killed in the streets, we bear witness. For me, that means to call out the poison of white supremacy. Graduates, this is what we’re up against: extremist forces aligned against the meaning and message of Morehouse. And they peddle a fiction, a caricature, of what being a man is about — tough talk, abusing power, bigotry. But that’s not you. It’s not us. You all know and demonstrate what it really means to be a man. Being a man is about strength of respect and dignity. It’s about showing up because it’s too late, if you have to ask. It’s about giving hate no safe harbor.

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President Biden invoked scripture and lessons from his own tragic past on Sunday in a commencement address to hundreds of young Black men at Morehouse College, saying he believes there are “extremist forces aligned against the meaning and message” of the prestigious institution.

Mr. Biden’s speech, delivered at the historically Black men’s college in Atlanta, put him directly in front of hundreds who represent a slice of the electorate that is drifting away from him over the war in Gaza and growing apathy about their choices ahead of the election. Mr. Biden used the moment to say that manhood was not about “tough talk” and “bigotry” but about calling out hate.

“Their idea of being a man is toxic,” Mr. Biden told the graduates, a reference to adversaries he did not name — but, given that his other events this weekend were focused on attacking his Republican competitor, Donald J. Trump, it was little mystery who he was talking about. “That is not you. That is not us. Being a man is about strength and respect and dignity.”

Those who stormed the Capitol with Confederate flags “are called patriots by some,” he said — a clear reference to Mr. Trump. “Not in my house.”

Mr. Biden’s speech was his first significant appearance before college students since protests over the war in Gaza began roiling campuses. For a ceremony in which students are discouraged even from decorating their caps, the signs of protest were respectful but noticeable: A small group of graduates turned to sit with their backs to Mr. Biden as he spoke, and several graduates wore the kaffiyeh, a traditional scarf associated with the Palestinians, draped over their shoulders. Some parents urged their graduating sons not to protest.

Mr. Biden also called for an immediate cease-fire and said that his administration was working to secure one. He said that members of his family had been upset by the war, a group that includes Jill Biden, the first lady, who has urged her husband in private to bring a stop to it.

“What’s happening in Gaza, in Israel, is heartbreaking,” Mr. Biden said. “It’s a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”

In a statement, Morehouse said that discussions between White House officials and students, faculty and alumni had helped shape Mr. Biden’s speech and his calls for a cease-fire in Gaza. The school also praised its graduates. “It is fitting that a moment of organized, peaceful activism would occur on our campus while the world is watching to continue a critical conversation,” the statement read.

During his 27-minute speech, Mr. Biden tried to stress to the graduates — none of whom stood for him as he took the lectern — that throughout his life he had respected and espoused the same ideas they care about.

He said he had worked throughout his life, as a public defender, senator and president, to correct inequalities. He outlined the work his administration has done that he and his advisers believe deserves more credit than it receives, including the forgiveness of large amounts of student loan debt and reducing the poverty rate for Black children.

“We know Black history is American history,” Mr. Biden said at one point, urging the crowd to “check my record,” which includes choosing the first Black female Supreme Court justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson, and the first Black woman to hold the vice presidency, Kamala Harris.

By focusing on matters of adversity and strength, Mr. Biden also sought to strike a contrast with Mr. Trump not on the grounds of politics or policy but through the lessons of keeping faith in moments of hopelessness. He spoke of the death of his first wife and daughter as well as his eldest son, Beau, from brain cancer.

He told the Morehouse graduates, a class that weathered the chaos of the pandemic and the tumult of widespread protests over the police killings of Black men, that it was natural for them to question whether there was a place for them in democracy at all.

“What is democracy when Black men are being killed in the streets?” he said. “What is democracy when a trail of broken promises still leave Black communities behind? What is democracy when you have to be 10 times better than anyone else to get a fair shot?”

Repeatedly, Mr. Biden reached for religious inspiration, recalling that Jesus was buried on Friday and resurrected on Sunday, leaving Saturday as a day of hopelessness. He suggested that 2020 — the year he was elected, with its twin traumas of the Covid-19 pandemic and the police killing of George Floyd — had been one such Saturday.

At one point, Mr. Biden said, “I’ve learned there was no easy optimism but by faith, by faith you can find redemption.”

Mr. Biden, who has a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office — and who is old enough to have shared his memories of Dr. King’s assassination in his speech — walked into commencement on Sunday unsure of how the crowd would receive him.

Morehouse, which was established in Atlanta in 1867, is a school whose culture is steeped in tradition. Students spend their years working toward becoming the embodiment of the Morehouse man: well traveled, well read and civically engaged. As the alma mater of Dr. King, there is also a proud history of protesting for social justice.

Mr. Biden’s visit to Morehouse drew the objections of some faculty members, alumni and students, who have voiced anger over the war in Gaza and the American government’s support for Israel. The tension drew so much attention that the school’s president, David A. Thomas, publicly warned that he would stop the commencement if graduates shouted at the president or disrupted the event.

The men of Morehouse found ways to work their opposition to the war into the ceremony. DeAngelo Jeremiah Fletcher, the class valedictorian, took the stage with the Palestinian flag pinned on his stole and on his cap.

“It is my stance as a Morehouse man, nay, as a human being, to call for an immediate and permanent cease-fire, in the Gaza Strip,” Mr. Fletcher said. Mr. Biden joined the crowd in standing up and clapping when Mr. Fletcher finished, and he shook the graduate’s hand.

But by the end of Mr. Biden’s speech, signs of support were visible, too. As Mr. Biden received an honorary doctorate of law, Mr. Thomas praised the president for listening to the concerns of the graduating class. And some people chanted “four more years” as Mr. Biden left the stage.

After addressing Morehouse, Mr. Biden was set to travel to Detroit to speak at a dinner hosted by the N.A.A.C.P.

Hitting two battleground states in eight hours was the clearest sign yet that Mr. Biden is serious about reintroducing himself to voters who carried him to the White House in 2020 and whose support he will need to win to stay in office for a second term.

In 2020 , 95 percent of Black women and 87 percent of Black men voted for Mr. Biden, according to the Pew Research Center. But in April, only 55 percent of Black voters told Pew that they approved of his job performance. A recent poll by Ipsos and The Washington Post showed that 62 percent of Black Americans planned to vote in 2024, down from 74 percent in 2020.

In recent days, both Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris have traveled outside of Washington to host events geared toward bringing those voters back into the fold.

Mr. Biden’s trip to Detroit comes as the latest New York Times/Siena College poll shows him winning support from less than half of Black voters in Michigan in a five-way race. In 2020, he won more than 90 percent of Black voters in the state, exit polls show.

The war in Gaza and concerns about the economy are driving factors behind what analysts say is an increase in apathy. In Michigan, nearly nine in 10 Black voters rated the economy as being in “fair” or “poor” condition, a higher rate than white voters, the Times/Siena poll found.

Alexis Wiley, the founder of a strategic communications firm in Detroit and a former member of the Democratic National Committee, said the Biden administration had to do more to communicate its victories.

“I think that they’re finally catching up to the fact that people aren’t feeling great,” Ms. Wiley said, “and now there’s this mad dash to try to correct it.”

Reporting was contributed by Nicholas Nehamas in Washington and Chevaz Clarke-Williams , Alan Blinder and Sean Keenan in Atlanta.

Biden asks Black voters to align with him in defending democracy.

President Biden on Sunday appealed to the graduating men of Morehouse College, and Black voters by extension, to align themselves with him on the side of democracy and against the forces of white supremacy that have coursed through American politics.

“It’s natural to wonder if the democracy you hear about actually works for you,” he said in a half-hour commencement speech. “What is democracy when Black men are being killed in the streets? What is democracy when a trail of broken promises still leave Black communities behind? What is democracy when you have to be 10 times better than anyone else to get a fair shot?”

He condemned both the “extremist forces aligned against the meaning and message of Morehouse” and what he called false notions of what “manhood” really is.

Repeatedly, Mr. Biden reached for religious inspiration, recalling that Jesus was buried on Friday and resurrected on Sunday, leaving Saturday as a day of hopelessness. He suggested that 2020 — the year he was elected, with its twin traumas of the Covid-19 pandemic and the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that it ignited — had been one such Saturday.

“In our lives, in our nation, we have those Saturdays to bear witness to the day before glory,” he said to the graduating class, largely made up of students who were barred from in-person high school graduations because of the pandemic. “What work is done on Saturday can move pain to purpose.”

Left unsaid was how Mr. Biden’s administration and the current political moment fit into that metaphor.

Mr. Biden highlighted policies that he said had disproportionately harmed Black voters, like a law enacted in Georgia in 2021 that placed more restrictions on ballot access. One provision outlawed giving voters water or snacks while they wait in line and has drawn the ire of Democrats nationwide.

“What the hell is that all about?” Mr. Biden asked.

He also underlined the policies his administration has championed that he said were meant to improve Black communities, like increased funding to historically Black colleges and reconnecting Black neighborhoods decimated by highway construction. “Instead of forcing you to be 10 times better,” he said, “we’re breaking down doors to save 100 more opportunities.”

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After spending most of the morning marching on sidewalks outside campus, as police requested, a group of about 100 pro-Palestinian demonstrators has taken to the street. The march, which includes some Morehouse students and faculty members, is now blocking southbound traffic on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, a road named for the late minister and civil rights leader.

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As Biden concluded his speech, guests seated in the V.I.P. section chanted “four more years.”

As Biden was being presented with his honorary degree, several students walked out .

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This moment, where Biden is receiving an honorary degree, was more protested than his speech itself in some circles. Now that he’s received the recognition, Biden could technically be considered a “Morehouse man” — something many students and alumni disagreed with.

1 00:00:00,000 —> 00:00:05,178 I confer upon you, Joseph R. Biden Jr., 2 00:00:05,178 —> 00:00:07,490 the honorary doctor of laws, 3 00:00:07,490 —> 00:00:10,310 honoris causa, with all the rights, 4 00:00:10,310 —> 00:00:13,940 privileges and responsibilities appertaining 5 00:00:13,940 —> 00:00:15,450 thereunto. 6 00:00:15,450 —> 00:00:19,064 Congratulations, Dr. Joseph Biden. 7 00:00:19,064 —> 00:00:21,421 [cheering]

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Biden makes a bit of a show for the cameras, smiling and pointing to his stole, after receiving his honorary degree.

That was a difficult needle to thread for the president, who went into this speech aware that there was a protest movement against his appearance here. But the president of Morehouse just praised him for “listening” to the concerns of the graduating class.

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The president is finished. I clocked Biden’s speech at roughly 27 minutes, a bit shorter than Barack Obama’s 33-minute commencement address at Morehouse in 2013.

Black leaders and Democratic strategists have long warned that the biggest challenge this November will not be Black voters’ drift to voting for Trump or other Republican candidates but that they may stay home altogether. This speech — with its heavy allusions to democracy, manhood and the rich history of Black institutions like Morehouse — is meant to inspire groups like this to vote. And, even more, to get others in their communities to do the same.

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Shane Goldmacher

When Biden puts it in such quick succession, his links to the Black community’s top political leaders are fairly remarkable. He was vice president to the first Black president; he named the first Black woman to serve as vice president; he appointed the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Yet early polls show him winning a smaller share of Black voters that most Democrats.

It was not a foregone conclusion that Biden’s address would continue without protests. But he spoke largely uninterrupted.

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“Whether you’re young or old, I know what endures. The strength and wisdom of faith endures,” Biden says, acknowledging a concern among many young voters who I have talked to: the president’s age.

“I know I don’t look like I’ve been around very long,” Biden jokes, crossing himself.

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“She’s tough, guys,” he adds.

Biden said that a Morehouse Man would become president one day, right after an “A.K.A. from Howard,” all but name-checking the vice president, Kamala Harris.

1 00:00:00,000 —> 00:00:02,570 I’ve been vice president of the first Black president 2 00:00:02,570 —> 00:00:04,863 and become my close friend 3 00:00:04,863 —> 00:00:07,925 and president of the first woman vice president. 4 00:00:08,652 —> 00:00:10,247 [cheers] 5 00:00:12,160 —> 00:00:13,810 Well, I have no idea — 6 00:00:13,810 —> 00:00:18,348 no doubt that a Morehouse man will be president one day — 7 00:00:18,348 —> 00:00:21,834 just after an A.K.A. from Howard. 8 00:00:21,834 —> 00:00:23,276 [laughs]

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Biden lays out the stakes of 2024 for this crowd, saying there are “extremist forces aligned against the meaning and message of Morehouse.”

Biden says those who stormed the Capitol with Confederate flags “are called patriots by some” — a clear reference to Donald Trump. “Not in my house,” he says.

President Biden also makes mention of Georgia’s stringent election laws. One provision that outlaws giving water or snacks to those waiting in line at the polls drew outrage nationwide.

The invoking of his own family’s frustration was very revealing.

Biden said that his family was angry and affected by what is happening in Gaza. We reported recently that Jill Biden, the first lady, has urged him to find a way to stop it .

Biden seems to be spending more time talking about Israel and Gaza than he spent discussing, say, student loan debt or education policy.

“What’s happening in Gaza in Israel is heartbreaking,” Biden says. “It’s a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.” Biden says he’s been “working around the clock” for an immediate ceasefire. Jake Sullivan, his national security adviser, is Saudi Arabia and Israel this weekend for talks with top leaders.

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This Biden speech shows a president torn between the frustrated feelings of many voters of his and the nation’s shortcomings, and the economic statistics that he hopes take hold in their view of his presidency this fall. “Record numbers of Black Americans have jobs,” he says, while acknowledging that is not enough.

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<p>You’ve tirelessly researched, saved up, and planned the ultimate American trip. But what if those iconic landmarks turn out to be a letdown? Fear not, brave traveler! This list features 15 tourist traps that might be best left off your itinerary to dodge the crowds and frustration so that you can focus on truly epic experiences.</p>

You’ve tirelessly researched, saved up, and planned the ultimate American trip. But what if those iconic landmarks turn out to be a letdown? Fear not, brave traveler! This list features 15 tourist traps that might be best left off your itinerary to dodge the crowds and frustration so that you can focus on truly epic experiences.

<p>Tourists flock to this iconic stretch of sidewalk in hopes of rubbing shoulders with their favorite celebrities, only to find themselves dodging crowds and navigating through a sea of tacky souvenir shops. The reality is far from the glitz and glamour often shown on screen, with most stars long gone and the area usually littered with debris. Save yourself the disappointment! </p>

Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California

Tourists flock to this iconic stretch of sidewalk in hopes of rubbing shoulders with their favorite celebrities, only to find themselves dodging crowds and navigating through a sea of tacky souvenir shops. The reality is far from the glitz and glamour often shown on screen, with most stars long gone and the area usually littered with debris. Save yourself the disappointment! 

<p>It’s hard to ignore the allure of Times Square. However, beneath the dazzling lights lies a chaotic mess of overpriced chain restaurants, aggressive street performers, and tourists vying for the perfect selfie. The constant noise and flashing advertisements can quickly become overwhelming and leave you longing for a quieter slice of the “Big Apple.”</p>

Times Square, New York City, New York

It’s hard to ignore the allure of Times Square. However, beneath the dazzling lights lies a chaotic mess of overpriced chain restaurants, aggressive street performers, and tourists vying for the perfect selfie. The constant noise and flashing advertisements can quickly become overwhelming and leave you longing for a quieter slice of the “Big Apple.”

<p>Once a bustling hub of maritime activity, Fisherman’s Wharf has devolved into a tourist trap overrun with kitschy attractions and subpar seafood restaurants. You will be bombarded with overpriced souvenirs and gimmicky street performers as the smell of stale fish hangs heavy in the air. Skip the chaos and explore the city’s more authentic neighborhoods for an authentic taste of San Francisco.</p>

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California

Once a bustling hub of maritime activity, Fisherman’s Wharf has devolved into a tourist trap overrun with kitschy attractions and subpar seafood restaurants. You will be bombarded with overpriced souvenirs and gimmicky street performers as the smell of stale fish hangs heavy in the air. Skip the chaos and explore the city’s more authentic neighborhoods for an authentic taste of San Francisco.

<p>It may be synonymous with Mardi Gras revelry, but the reality is far less enchanting. Rowdy crowds, tacky neon signs, and the unmistakable stench of stale beer and vomit mar this notorious party strip. Unless you’re a fan of overpriced drinks and deafening live music, you’re better off exploring the city’s vibrant jazz clubs and historic neighborhoods.</p>

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

It may be synonymous with Mardi Gras revelry, but the reality is far less enchanting. Rowdy crowds, tacky neon signs, and the unmistakable stench of stale beer and vomit mar this notorious party strip. Unless you’re a fan of overpriced drinks and deafening live music, you’re better off exploring the city’s vibrant jazz clubs and historic neighborhoods.

<p>Despite Niagara Falls’ stunning beauty, the surrounding area has overcrowded casinos, chain restaurants, and cheesy tourist attractions. All you’ll experience is high-pressure sales tactics and exorbitant ticket prices, turning what should be a serene natural wonder into a crowded and commercialized spectacle. </p>

Niagara Falls, New York

Despite Niagara Falls’ stunning beauty, the surrounding area has overcrowded casinos, chain restaurants, and cheesy tourist attractions. All you’ll experience is high-pressure sales tactics and exorbitant ticket prices, turning what should be a serene natural wonder into a crowded and commercialized spectacle. 

<p>The iconic faces carved into the side of Mount Rushmore are undeniably impressive. The surrounding area, however, has been transformed into a tourist trap rife with overpriced concessions and tasteless gift shops. As a traveler, expect to be herded like cattle through crowded viewing areas, with little opportunity to truly appreciate the magnitude of the monument.</p>

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

The iconic faces carved into the side of Mount Rushmore are undeniably impressive. The surrounding area, however, has been transformed into a tourist trap rife with overpriced concessions and tasteless gift shops. As a traveler, expect to be herded like cattle through crowded viewing areas, with little opportunity to truly appreciate the magnitude of the monument.

<p>History buffs, this one might disappoint. The Alamo itself is small, and the surrounding area is a tourist trap fiesta. If you are looking for a profound historical experience, you will be disappointed by the lack of context and commercialization surrounding the site. </p>

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

History buffs, this one might disappoint. The Alamo itself is small, and the surrounding area is a tourist trap fiesta. If you are looking for a profound historical experience, you will be disappointed by the lack of context and commercialization surrounding the site. 

<p>In the middle of the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip lies a seedy underbelly of overpriced hotels, gaudy casinos, and sleazy nightclubs. Tourers are met with aggressive street vendors and scantily clad performers, and the incessant noise and flashing lights quickly become overwhelming. </p>

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

In the middle of the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip lies a seedy underbelly of overpriced hotels, gaudy casinos, and sleazy nightclubs. Tourers are met with aggressive street vendors and scantily clad performers, and the incessant noise and flashing lights quickly become overwhelming. 

<p>The “Mall of America” sounds exciting, right? Wrong. It’s a giant, generic mall with chain stores you can find anywhere in the US. Get ready for sensory overload from the never-ending crowds and the maze of a mall you’ll be in. With little in the way of unique stores or local charm, the Mall of America offers nothing more than a generic shopping experience.</p>

Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

The “Mall of America” sounds exciting, right? Wrong. It’s a giant, generic mall with chain stores you can find anywhere in the US. Get ready for sensory overload from the never-ending crowds and the maze of a mall you’ll be in. With little in the way of unique stores or local charm, the Mall of America offers nothing more than a generic shopping experience.

<p>There’s a certain thrill in spotting your favorite celebrity on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But be prepared for a dose of reality. The walk is a chaotic stretch of crowded sidewalks, with impersonators hawking photos and faded stars overshadowed by relentless souvenir shops. It’s a microcosm of Hollywood itself: all glitter, little gold.</p>

Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

There’s a certain thrill in spotting your favorite celebrity on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But be prepared for a dose of reality. The walk is a chaotic stretch of crowded sidewalks, with impersonators hawking photos and faded stars overshadowed by relentless souvenir shops. It’s a microcosm of Hollywood itself: all glitter, little gold.

<p>South Beach isn’t bad, per se. The Art Deco architecture is stunning, the people-watching is phenomenal, and the ocean is always inviting. Even though that sounds amazing, a scene from a reality TV show is close to what you’ll face. South Beach is a melting pot of sculpted bodies, designer sunglasses, and an unwavering commitment to looking effortlessly flawless. Remember to pack your swimsuit (and maybe a portable fan) because looking good takes serious effort (and sweat) under the Miami sun.</p>

South Beach, Miami, Florida

South Beach isn’t bad, per se. The Art Deco architecture is stunning, the people-watching is phenomenal, and the ocean is always inviting. Even though that sounds amazing, a scene from a reality TV show is close to what you’ll face. South Beach is a melting pot of sculpted bodies, designer sunglasses, and an unwavering commitment to looking effortlessly flawless. Remember to pack your swimsuit (and maybe a portable fan) because looking good takes serious effort (and sweat) under the Miami sun.

<p>Snapping a pic with the Hollywood sign in the background is a classic tourist move. The hike itself? It’s not exactly what fitness influencers call a “killer workout.” The Brush Canyon Trail, the most popular route, is more of a leisurely stroll featuring some inclines. While you’ll definitely break a sweat (especially under that California sun), finding a parking spot and avoiding selfie sticks in your face will be the real challenge. </p>

Hollywood Sign Hike, Los Angeles, California

Snapping a pic with the Hollywood sign in the background is a classic tourist move. The hike itself? It’s not exactly what fitness influencers call a “killer workout.” The Brush Canyon Trail, the most popular route, is more of a leisurely stroll featuring some inclines. While you’ll definitely break a sweat (especially under that California sun), finding a parking spot and avoiding selfie sticks in your face will be the real challenge. 

<p>Don’t get us wrong, Waikiki Beach is beautiful. The golden sand, turquoise water, and Diamond Head looming in the distance are a postcard come to life. This slice of paradise comes at a hefty price. You will have to pay a premium for everything from beach chairs to umbrella rentals. Elbowing your way through a sea of tourists for a sliver of sand might not be your idea of island serenity. </p>

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

Don’t get us wrong, Waikiki Beach is beautiful. The golden sand, turquoise water, and Diamond Head looming in the distance are a postcard come to life. This slice of paradise comes at a hefty price. You will have to pay a premium for everything from beach chairs to umbrella rentals. Elbowing your way through a sea of tourists for a sliver of sand might not be your idea of island serenity. 

<p>King Kong climbed the Empire State Building for a reason—the views are undeniably iconic. For the average tourist, though, the experience can feel more like clinging to a life raft in a crowded swimming pool. There will be long lines, sky-high ticket prices, and observation decks so packed you might need a map to navigate your way to the window. </p>

Empire State Building, New York City, New York

King Kong climbed the Empire State Building for a reason—the views are undeniably iconic. For the average tourist, though, the experience can feel more like clinging to a life raft in a crowded swimming pool. There will be long lines, sky-high ticket prices, and observation decks so packed you might need a map to navigate your way to the window. 

<p>Disney World may be the “happiest place on earth” for some, but the reality is a far cry from the magical experience promised in brochures and commercials. Besides the long lines and exorbitant ticket prices, you must also navigate swarms of tired and cranky children. The park might be overhyped, offering little more than a generic theme park experience.</p>

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Disney World may be the “happiest place on earth” for some, but the reality is a far cry from the magical experience promised in brochures and commercials. Besides the long lines and exorbitant ticket prices, you must also navigate swarms of tired and cranky children. The park might be overhyped, offering little more than a generic theme park experience.

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