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York: Private Socially Distanced Guided Walking Tour

York: Private Socially Distanced Guided Walking Tour

From US$ 119.72 per group up to 6

An exclusive, private walking tour from the dawn of Christianity to the birth of the Kit Kat. Discover why York is a city with Viking mud on its boots and a taste of cocoa in the air.

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Duration 2 hours
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Flexible meeting point: can be arranged from any city centre landmark, restaurant or hotel
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  • Explore the labyrinth of medieval streets and snickelways
  • Discover a Roman fortress and ruined abbey within a Victorian botanic garden
  • Locate the point where it is possible to see two thousand years of history - while turning on the spot
  • Walk along the most picturesque section of the ancient city wall
  • Wander through the Shambles - the original Diagon Alley
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The story of York is the story of England in wood, stone and chocolate. Constantine the Great became emperor here. Viking raiders left their chaotic street plan. Quaker confectioners invented the KitKat. No wonder it can be hard to know where to begin. How about the spot where it is possible to take in 2000 years of history simply by turning in a circle? And you don't have to walk much further to see how York was shaped by Romans, Normans and Tudors; as it is all laid out within the grounds of a Victorian botanic garden. Only in York can you be transported from a legionary fortress to a ruined abbey and a medieval hospital by crossing a lawn. Who needs a Tardis?  Ever wondered why the Minster is known as a Minster rather than a cathedral? Puzzled why all the streets in York are called Gates (and all the gates are called Bars)? This entertaining and informative walk provides the answers while taking in all the key sights including the Minster, the medieval walls and the Shambles - the precariously crooked street that provided the inspiration for Diagon Alley. A true highlight, in every sense, is the elevated walkway running around the city wall (don't worry, there are safety railings, but this part is not obligatory if you suffer from vertigo). The route will also veer off the beaten path and into the maze of ancient cut-throughs and back-passages known locally as ’Snickelways’. These tiny, winding streets are the life-blood of the city and the side of York you would never be able to experience from an open-topped bus.
  • Exclusive service of a qualified local guide
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    • Comfortable shoes are recommended - though the distances are not great, the pace will be gentle and York is forgivingly flat!
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    5 /5

    based on 9 reviews

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    Our tour guide, Alfred, gave us an amazing overview of historic York in our 2 hour walking tour. He was full of history, fun facts and kept us and the kids (8 & 10) interested the entire time. We enjoyed the rest of our time in York so much more with all the information we learned from Alfred.

    December 29, 2019

    Alfred our tour guide was very informative and all our family enjoyed his tour and knowledge of York

    August 29, 2020

    Sarah was incredibly informative and friendly. It was a wonderful way to get to know York which has such an incredible history.

    March 15, 2020

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