York’s Original & Most Popular

Free Walking Tour

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The Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York (AVG) offer daily free 2-hour walking tours to visitors from all over the world.

We have been offering complimentary guided tours around York since 1951. Our team of 80+ local expert guides take great pleasure in showcasing our beautiful city and we look forward to welcoming you on one of our regular daily tours.

Our tours are free; there is no need to offer a tip.

Today’s Free Tours

All today’s free tours have departed, but we have more tomorrow…

Tomorrow’s Free Tours

Thursday 13th December

10.15am & 1.15pm

Our standard tours are absolutely FREE and, unlike some other advertised tours, there’s really no need for a tip at the end!

600,000+ Visitors

have experienced our tours

67 Years

of touring the City of York

100+ Nationalities

have participated in our tours

80+ Trained Guides

leading our tours 364 days a year

Some of our most Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book?

No, for our standard tours just turn up at the meeting point at Exhibition Square at least 5 minutes before the designated start time.

Where does the tour start?

All tours depart from outside York City Art Gallery in Exhibition Square.

Simply meet your guide by our ‘tour times’ board next to the William Etty statue and the fountains outside the Art Gallery.  Remember, there’s no need to book for our standard tours.

Where goes the tour end?

The final part of the tour takes us to York’s oldest street, the Shambles.

How much does a standard tour cost?

The tours are FREE and entirely without charge, the volunteer’s reward is showing the beauty of the City to as many people as possible.

Some of our most recent feedback

We applaud John for his splendid tour Sunday, May 21, 2017. We learned so much about the fascinating history of York as well as efforts to preserve said history. He moved us along, but not too fast for seniors, and held our interest so well we stuck with it for 3 1/4 hours! Thank you, John & to the organization. Bravo!

Kathy & Al, San Francisco21st May 2017

I want to express my sincere appreciation for the guided walk my students and I received yesterday, led by guide John May. Our group of 22 university students is from Norway, and it was their first time in York. Although it was cold and damp outside, and my students didn’t all show up at the meeting point as planned, John led the tour with considerable skill and humour. He was well-informed about local history, and his enthusiasm carried the students through the afternoon. Generous with his time, he changed the usual order of the tour to meet my “lost” students midway, which was really appreciated.  I know I speak for my whole group in thanking the association and John, especially for a lovely afternoon yesterday.

Jessica, Nord University28th November 2017

We joined the walking tour with Keith as our guide yesterday. His knowledge of the history of York and its many historic buildings, people and places whether in Roman Medieval or Victorian times was so impressive. By walking with him he was able to point out and we were able to appreciate places buildings and signs that would otherwise have been meaningless. He made the tour a pleasure to go on. We were so enthused by his way of bringing the past to life that in the afternoon we joined him for a tour of York`s historic pubs.

24th September 2017

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Our Tours Start Here

Tour start address

York City Art Gallery
Exhibition Square
York  YO1 7EW

Where to meet

Meet your tour guide outside City Art Gallery next to the William Etty statue.

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