York’s Original & Most Popular

Free Walking Tour

Today’s Tour TimesGuided Tour Route


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

Sunday 25th August



Tomorrow’s Free Tours

Monday 26th August

10.15am, 1.15pm & 6.15pm

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 does 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

Best city tour ever! We visited York on 6th August (family of four) and our tour guide was Mike. Full of historic knowledge, info related to town life today and real enthusiasm and love for York and England. Big thank you from Spain!
Manuel Rios

— 6th August 2019

On behalf of the 6 people from the Swiss visiting choir a massive thank you to our amazing tour guide John who dedicated almost 3 (instead of 2) hours of his time to share his profound knowledge of, and enthusiasm about, York with us today. We all have participated in guided tours in other places before but this was a truly unique experience! We definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting York.

— 8th August 2019

This was such a fantastic gem in York! I believe our guide’s name was Sandra. She was fantastic! So informative, funny, and a brisk walker! The reason I’m leaving feedback is because of the impact she had on my son. Something I haven’t seen in him before. At 15 yrs old, he is sceptical of all things and acts like nothing is a big deal… BUT, he still raves about Sandra’s tour. I asked what was so special and he said, “She loves her town so much and she shared it with us for free!” I’m still not sure why it had the impact that it did, but I’m grateful for it! Great job Sandra! Thanks from us in the U.S.
Wendy Henderson

— 16th April 2019 (received 5th August)

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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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