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

Thursday 25th April

10.15am & 1.15pm

Tomorrow’s Free Tours

Friday 26th April

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

I am writing with a thank you for Richard Carr, our guide on 5th April 2019.
He was informative, funny and clearly passionate about the city and its history. His knowledge of some of the more hidden places in York is outstanding.
Thank you Richard.
Dave Marsden

— 7th April 2019

We would like to acknowledge Richard Carr’s wonderful tour of the City of York yesterday (05/04/2019) @ 10:15 am.
Richard’s knowledge and passion for his home city was on display and he shared some wonderful insights and facts about York that most visitors would be unaware of or miss during their visit.
Richard’s tour took us to places that do not register a mention in the tourist brochures, which we would have missed had we not taken Richard’s tour. Our sincere thanks Richard.
Craig & Kerry Mitchell, Melbourne

— 6th April 2019

Excellent tour Ken. The group obviously loved it and you balanced interesting facts with your infectious love for York. Thank you.
Mick Pilgrim

— 19th March 2019

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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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