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York: Private Bespoke History Walking Tour

1. York: Private Bespoke History Walking Tour

Walk through the streets of York which feels like taking a tour through the history of England. The Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all remade the city to their own purposes. The Tudors and the Stuarts made themselves at home here. The Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War left their mark as well. Experience the history of one of the most fascinating cities in Britain. For 2,000 years, York has been at the heart of the nation’s affairs. Listen to your guide that will bring its history to life as you are walking through lush parks and narrow lanes, pass grand churches, and palaces to ruined castles and abbeys. Enjoy this tour that offers a private experience for larger groups or families who would prefer the personal touch. The tour takes in all the main sights of the city and provides an in-depth look at the history behind them. Your guide will happily customize the tour to your requirements, depending on what you would like to see.  Receive the services of your own personal professional guide and benefit from their local knowledge.

York: Private Guided Walking Tour

2. York: Private Guided Walking Tour

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.

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What people are saying about York Minster

Marvellous private guided tour by Chris, who was so knowledgeable and witty. We had never had a private guided tour before, but thoroughly recommend it. No need to follow someone in a crowd and only ever catch a bit of what was said. We only had 5 in our party! It was great way to find out more about York, and perhaps go off the beaten track to listen to fascinating facts and stories.

Wonderfully detailed tour of York, from its rich history and quirks to its stunning architecture and rare curiosities. Chris Kelly is clearly a lover of history and the esoteric, and his knowledge of and love for the city was evident at every snickleway, gate and shambles we rambled onto. Highly recommended!

Alan was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was three hours well spent and an excellent way to kick off a week dedicated to exploring York!

Our guide was excellent. It was a great way to spend an afternoon. We gained a fascinating and entertaining insight into York's history.

Alfred was a wonderful informative guide, we really enjoyed the tour.