The World Tour of York
11am and 2pm / Every Saturday / St. Helens Square.
Meet in St Helens Square, (opposite Bettys Tea Rooms).
Look for the Black and Gold Uniform. Booking essential.
Also Available - Tailor made guided walking tours for groups and individuals. exploringyork.com
Musket & Muslin Historical Walks
Seventeenth and Eighteenth century costume guided walks around the city of York together with a programme of associated talks. York guided tours, walks and historically themed talks are available for individuals, groups, school parties and businesses. musketandmuslin.co.uk
Guy Fawkes Trail
A walk exploring the (several!) birthplaces and haunts of one of York's most infamous sons - Guy Fawkes of Gunpowder Plot fame.
Choccy and Sweetie Tour
York has played a big part in pleasing the sweet tooth. Hear the history of Terrys, Rowntrees & Cravens. See sweets being made and taste some delicious samples!
York Cat Trail - Discover the historic York Cat Trail.
Free fun for all the family, this trail is based on cats that appear on buildings around the city centre. It has been designed to ensure that you see not only the cats of York, but also the most interesting and beautiful parts of our city. Highlights along the way include the Museum Gardens, Clifford's Tower and York Minster plus a walk down the Shambles and on the City Walls. The trail should take around 1 hour to complete. Pickup a your trail map at The Cat Gallery shop - 45 Low Petergate, YO1 7HT Print your trail map here
York Hologram Tour App
The City of York is embracing a cutting-edge invention that brings the past to life right in front of your eyes. Revolutionary smartphone technology called UltraReality is allowing visitors to enjoy hologram performances by historic characters that pop up out of the very fabric of the city’s ancient buildings.
City of York Council and the Yorkshire Air Museum have harnessed this breakthrough technology – developed in the city – to create the York Hologram Tour app, the world’s first city tour to use hologram guides as part of an innovative business venture.
Called the ‘City of York Hologram Tour’ app, it’s available to download free from the Apple App Store and Google Play - to guide visitors around the city with hologram appearances. Smartphone users who want to enjoy the complete tour pay just £2.99 to unlock the full collection of historic holograms, each giving their personal take on York’s fascinating history.
The City of York Council app features hologram characters which appear around the city. Besides Richard III's breathless valet who breaks the news of his master’s death at Bosworth, there’s the bullish ‘Railway King’ George Hudson, as well as Gunpowder Plot perpetrator Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin’s hangman.
The Yorkshire Air Museum, the first Museum in the world to feature this technology, will has trigger points where characters and their stories will come alive in a historic setting, keeping the Museum at the forefront of the digital revolution. Visitors can discover 19th century Yorkshire aviation pioneer Sir George Cayley, ‘bouncing bomb’ innovator Sir Barnes Wallis, legendary aviator Amy Johnson and famous Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Lettice Curtis, the first woman to fly a four engine heavy bomber.
The free version of the City of York Council app features four holograms and provides both live 2D street plans and dynamic 3D augmented reality maps to effortlessly guide users, metre by metre, to the nearest hologram trigger point as well as to the city’s top attractions and great places to eat and drink. While for the price of a decent cup of coffee – just £2.99 – the full tour app can be downloaded complete with twenty two, 90-second holograms, providing the visitor with up to two days of unique exploration opportunities around the UK’s favourite city destination.
Curious About York?
Have fun discovering York with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Find answers to clues and match pictures whilst reading stories about this fabulous city – you’re guaranteed to spot things you’ve never noticed before. The two walks can be enjoyed separately or joined together to form one longer walk – depending on available time and energy! Walks are suitable for all ages (detours to avoid steps are marked on the route map), and typically take 1-2 hours each to complete. Booklet of two walks available to buy or download from curiousabout.co.uk
Have fun and stay curious!
Smell York Guide Book
A new guidebook to the city of York has been released, packed with pictures, useful information and local smells! This unusual book is the UK's first scented travel guide, aimed at tempting travellers to York by teasing their noses with a bouquet of delightful aromas. The guidebook 'Smell York' is infused with the scents of afternoon tea, chocolate, wild moorland, a day at the races, steam trains, and gunpowder!
As tourists turn the pages of the book to learn about York, they will be greeted by smells of coal, steam and oil from the golden age of York’s railways as well as horses galloping to the finish line at York Racecourse, the fresh fragrance of wild heather growing on the North York Moors, York's chocolate-making heritage and the city's spring daffodil's. Also the Christmas aroma of burning frankincense, mince pies and Advent candles in Britain’s Christmas Capital. Available in the Visit York Visitor Centre (1 Museum St, YO1 7DT)
Association of Voluntary Guides
Meeting daily outside York City Art Gallery next to the fountains. Free guided walking tours of the city. Leaving from Exhibition Square at various times. avgyork.co.uk
"We took the 10.15 walk on 2nd Feb, Steven was a very well informed guide making it interesting and enjoyable we learnt a lot. I would recommend it to anyone".
Stories from Georgian York Thursday 20 July 2017 Meet Outside Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate, York
When people think of eighteenth-century towns, they often think of Bath: an elegant city with rows of classical terraces and crescents, inhabited by the characters of a Jane Austen novel. York, like Bath, was also a focus for polite society in the Georgian period. In York however, the older timber-framed houses jostled for position among the newer homes and classical facades often hid medieval interiors.
This tour will aim to evoke how the streets would have looked like at this time and also create biographies of the owners and inhabitants. It is an opportunity to put names and stories to the seemingly blank façades of the street, including Mr Theophilus Garencieres who was an apothecary and ran the medicated baths in Stonegate. The walk will also take in the houses of hatters, booksellers, ladies and gentlemen.
Our guide, Dr Matt Jenkins, is an Associate Lecturer at the University of York, specialising in buildings and landscapes.
This event is part of the UK wide Festival of Archaeology coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology. This year's Festival runs from 15-30 July 2017.
Opening Up Castle Gateway Saturday 22 July 2017 Eye Of York
We invite you to join a walk around the Castle area of York, to experience it as it is now and to imagine it differently. To help you do this, the walks are being led by experienced coaches from Coaching York.
The City of York Council is currently working towards regenerating this part of the city centre – which includes Fossgate, Walmgate, Piccadilly, Foss Basin and Castle area and Eye of York – and has a collaboration engagement project called My Castle Gateway, to involve lots of different people in this process.
As part of this we are running a public event to open up the Castle Gateway area. You will be invited to walk slowly along a route from the Eye of York to Tower Gardens around the Foss Basin and back up Piccadilly. You will be asked what the different areas mean to you and what you’d like to be able to do there in the future. Notes of the conversations will be taken and fed into the My Castle Gateway process.
Through taking part you will informing the development of a collaborative ‘statement of significance’ and a collaborative ‘brief’ on which the Council-appointed masterplanners will then work.
The walks will take 1 hour 15 minutes. There is an accessible version of the walk for people who use wheelchairs or prefer not to walk so far. This walk will avoid the steps on the far side of the Foss Basin, though we will still go to a viewpoint where the Foss can be seen and talked about. There are two walks designated for this at 11am and 1pm.
For more information, or to book your place, visit our website, Here
Terry's Guided City Walk: 250 Years of Terrys 30 July - 3 September 2017 Starts At York's Chocolate Story
The confectioner Terry’s is a company that can trace its origins in York all the way back to 1767. To celebrate the iconic brand’s 250th anniversary, we’ll be hosting a brand new guided city walk.
The new city walk will take visitors around the city, looking at key buildings and areas connected to the brand. Our engaging guides will be telling tales that have come straight from the workers themselves, while offering a series of exclusive samples connected to the company.
Tickets are £4.95 per person. Tours run at 1pm and 4pm, Thursdays and Sundays only.