Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book the tours?

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

How much does a standard tour cost?
The tours are entirely without charge, the volunteer’s reward is showing the beauty of the City to as many people as possible

Can tours be pre-booked?
Depending on the circumstances, we can accept pre-booked tours for groups outside our scheduled times. Please contact us with details of your requirements at least two weeks before your visit to York. For such tours we ask for a donation of £2 per person to help with our admin costs. Please go to the Contact Us page for details of how to reach us.

How long do the tours normally last?
Standard tours last for between two and two and a half hours; incidentally the tours are easy-paced, there’s no rush!

Are there any restrictions?
Part of the normal tour involves a walk on York’s Bar Walls. Dogs are not allowed on the walls and prams are discouraged. Also anyone with particular difficulty with steps might find the ascent and descent a problem. In these cases there is an alternative route where those needing to avoid the walls can rejoin the tour at a pre-arranged point.

Are children welcome on the tours?
We welcome families with children on our regular two hour walking tours of the city. However, we are unable to offer pre-arranged tours for groups of children under the age of 16.