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

All today’s free tours have departed, but we have more tomorrow…

Tomorrow’s Free Tours

Saturday 2nd July

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

67 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

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

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.

The final part of the tour takes us to York’s oldest street, the Shambles.

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

Really enjoyed the tour on Saturday morning. I am a local but I learnt so much more about York due to a wonderful guide called Steve . He was very informative and made it all very interesting . I was amazed at his knowledge .
Would highly recommend this tour with Steve. People of York go along and learn more of our wonderful city .
Thanks Steve .

— Ann, 25th June 2022

Although we’re locals, I took my parents on the tour yesterday. Wendy was fantastic – warm, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommended to visitors and locals alike. Thanks Wendy.

— Emma, 19th June 2022

A massive thank you to Wendy for doing an amazing and informative tour. We would recommend anyone to book a tour through here

— Lynda and Richard, 19th June 2022

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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.