York’s Original & Most Popular

Free Walking Tour

Today’s Tour TimesGuided Tour Route

Welcome

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

Monday 25th March

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

68 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

Thank you to Ken for the guided walk. He was very informative and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We think it is a wonderful service that you provide. Thanks again.

Barry Gould

20th November 2018

I am writing on behalf of the York Society of Chartered Accountants to extend our thanks to Malcolm for a fantastic tour yesterday evening. Kind regards.

Samantha Hipkin

7th September 2018

I am writing with a thank you for Peter, our guide today. He was informative, funny and clearly passionate about the city and its history. We learned a lot and really enjoyed ourselves on the tour. Thanks so much to Peter and to your organisation for providing this wonderful service – we really appreciate it. Best wishes

Radha from Pennsylvania

20th August 2018

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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.

Guides Section

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