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.
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.
Where does the tour end?
The final part of the tour takes us to York’s oldest street, the Shambles.
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!
Why is the tour completely free?
Members of the Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York, give their time freely to show as many visitors as possible the historic sites of this most beautiful city.
Can tours be pre-booked?
We do consider 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 visit the Contact Us page for more details and complete the Group Booking Form.
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.
Do I need to tip?
Our tours are completely free; there is no need to offer a tip.
Does the tour include going inside York Minster?
No, we do not enter York Minister as part of the tour.
Can I bring dogs on the tour?
Part of the tour includes a section of the Bar Walls, dogs are not allowed on the walls. There is an alternative route where those unable to enjoy 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.
Do you offer tours in other languages?
Currently, tours are only offered in English.
I’m interested in becoming a voluntary guide, what do I do?
We love welcoming new guides to the Association, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.