About Curious About York
Have fun discovering York with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. York is a North Yorkshire city, with more miles of intact walls surrounding it than any other city in England. Inside the walls you'll find an abundance of things to see and do, making it one of the most must-go-to cities in the UK. There's superb shopping, a market, a tangle of meandering streets including the Shambles which dates back over 900 years with a richness of overhanging, timber-framed buildings. There are creative museums, beautiful gardens, the busy River Ouse, a 13th century palace, street entertainment, art galleries, and staggeringly beautiful architecture. And amidst it all there the magnificence of York Minster, overlooking the city, with foundations routed in the nation's earliest history. Buy or download a booklet then take our fabulous walks of discovery, and have fun finding answers to clues which tell you more, whilst reading our stories about the most interesting places.
First Walk: Minster to Shambles (1.1 miles) Initially take a walk in a park as you circle York’s magnificent Minster, before entering the city’s narrow streets and lanes with quirky shops and plentiful restaurants. Then disappear up a narrow footpath to an ancient, secret church, before meandering round some little-known byways. Finally, it’s back to tourist York, and the Shambles, a famously narrow, old-world street with overhanging, timber-framed buildings.
Second Walk: Shambles to Museum Gardens (0.8 mile) From York’s timeworn lanes this walk leads you past contemporary shops, mingled with ancient history. Next it’s out of the bustling centre, past the imposing Minster again, and out through an ancient gateway where a knocker was installed so passing Scots could request entry to the city! Now walk beside Abbey walls, before entering the splendid Museum Gardens with its host ofRead Less
|Recommended Time:||3 - 4 hours|
|Opening Times:||Daily, daylight hours|
|Indoors / Outdoors:||Outdoors|
|Categories:||City Tours, Visitor Centres|