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York: Guided Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in York's enchanting history on this guided walking tour. Begin at the mighty Micklegate Bar, an ancient gateway with stories to tell, and end at the vibrant hub of Exhibit Square.

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  • Explore York by walking
  • Visit the iconic Exhibition Square
  • Get ready for an informative and full-filled adventure


Come to this captivating 2-hour walking tour that will take you through some of the most iconic landmarks in this beautiful city. Lace up your walking shoes and let's embark on a journey through time, starting at the magnificent Micklegate Bar. As we stand before the imposing Micklegate Bar, the main gateway into the heart of York, imagine the countless historical figures who once passed through these arches. This ancient entrance has witnessed triumphs, defeats, and grand processions throughout the ages. Listen closely, and you might just hear echoes of the past whispering in the wind. From Micklegate Bar, we make our way towards the graceful Ouse Bridge. Marvel at the serene River Ouse flowing beneath, a vital lifeline that has shaped York's prosperity for centuries. Gaze upon the waters and imagine the bustling trade boats that once plied these routes, connecting York to the wider world. Our next stop is the iconic Clifford's Tower, a symbol of both power and tragedy. Explore the ruins and learn about its dark history, including the tragic events of 1190 when the tower became a refuge for York's Jewish community during a pogrom. Despite its somber past, the tower's panoramic views offer a breathtaking vantage point of the city. As we stroll along Parliament Street, soak in the vibrant atmosphere of one of the UK's most picturesque shopping streets. From charming boutiques to delightful cafes, this pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare invites you to indulge in a spot of retail therapy or savor some local delicacies. Prepare to be enchanted as we enter the enchanting Shambles, a well-preserved medieval street that feels like stepping into a time warp. Admire the leaning timber-framed buildings, some of which date back to the 14th century. This narrow, cobbled street has a whimsical charm that has inspired writers and artists for centuries. As we approach the splendid St. Michael le Belfrey Church, let the chimes of its bells transport you to a place of tranquility. The church's history is intertwined with significant events, including the marriage of Charles I and the baptism of Guy Fawkes. Take a moment to appreciate the stunning architecture and serene surroundings. Behold the majestic Statue of Constantine the Great, standing tall in the heart of York. This imposing figure commemorates the Roman emperor who was proclaimed Emperor in this very city in 306 AD. Reflect on the city's Roman heritage and its enduring impact on York's identity. As our tour nears its end, we find ourselves at Exhibition Square, a vibrant hub of cultural landmarks. Take in the grandeur of the Yorkshire Museum and the stunning facade of the York Art Gallery. If you have time, consider exploring the exhibitions that showcase the city's diverse cultural heritage.


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