The Best of York on Foot
- Explore the labyrinth of medieval streets and snickelways
- Discover a Roman fortress and ruined abbey within a Victorian botanic garden
- Wander through the Shambles - the original Diagon Alley
- Find out how the Minster grew to become the country's largest gothic cathedral
- Locate the point where it is possible to see two thousand years of history - while turning on the spot
You’ll then enter the tranquil, green oasis of the Museum Gardens - a Victorian botanic garden which contains an 18th Century observatory, the remains of a Roman fortress and the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. From here it is a short walk to the Minster - the largest medieval gothic cathedral in the country - which has dominated the city’s skyline for over 900 years.
The Minster lies at the heart of a warren of ancient streets whose layout is Viking in origin. You’ll hear tales of Viking invasion while delving deep into the maze of secret passages known as ‘Snickelways’; passing an unhappy mermaid and a little red devil as well as catching a glimpse of a 15th Century banqueting hall. Finally you’ll emerge into the Shambles,York’s best-known cobbled street - once a row of butchers, now instantly recognisable to Harry Potter fans as the inspiration for Diagon Alley.
- Professional, experienced and fully-qualified tour guide
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Suitable for all ages - family groups especially welcome.