York audio tour: Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels: A Walk Through York’s History

Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels: A Walk Through York’s History

Walking Tour

90 mins

About the Tour

York is a city that has been at many of the defining historical crossroads. This is a guided walk through the extraordinary 2,000 years of the history of the City of York. You'll experience Roman, Viking and medieval York, see all the great sights of the City - and some less expected ones. And as you walk you'll learn the history of this great City, and the central role it has played in the history of England. From its humble beginnings as a riverside Roman settlement, to its turbulent takeover by the Vikings, and on to its thriving medieval period of commerce - let's uncover some of the great figures and lesser known characters that have shaped this beautiful city by the Ouse River.


Tribal War Council - Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions

**Please note: Due to the current pandemic, some sections of the route might be temporarily closed and could require manual playback.

Tour Producer


James Easton

A York resident, passionate about the history and present of this extraordinary city.

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Major Landmarks

  • York Minster

  • The Shambles

  • Clifford's Tower

  • Merchant Adventurer's Hall

  • St Leonard's Hospital

  • St Mary's Abbey

Directions to Starting Point

The walk starts by the statue and fountain in front of the Art Gallery in Exhibition Square. It's an easy 10 minute walk from train station, the most used visitor car parks or the stops for the various park and ride buses in the City Centre. The grid reference is 53°57'45.8"N 1°05'08.6"W.

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Places to stop along the way

There are literally hundreds of pubs, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants in York - you'll be passing somewhere every few yards - so you shouldn't have any trouble finding somewhere to eat or drink.

Most of those have toilets inside - although they would probably prefer you bought something. There are public toilets under Bootham Bar at the beginning and end of the walk, in Coppergate Shopping Centre (about half way through) and on Silver Street in the City Centre which is near much of the route.

Best time of day

The walk is best done in the daytime - to avoid some gates and Museum Gardens being shut after dusk


York is generally a very safe city - so just the normal precautions for any place apply. The streets can be crowded any busy, with some traffic winding it's way through the medieval streets - so be careful when crossing roads.


Informative and entertaining tour. Easy to follow directions meant you could put your phone in your pocket and forget about it.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 days ago

Great Tour. Worth the price of admission 👏

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 7 months ago

This tour and the same authors Wall Walk are great. However almost all the stories in both are the same, including some of the sound effects.

Choose the path you want and purchase just one. Otherwise it will be like talking to your grandfather hearing repeated stories.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Very extensive and informative

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Excellent walk

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Very enjoyable historical tour. Gave detailed information about the sights along the way and took me to places I would not have found on my own. My only mistake was in timing. If you ever visit on a summer bank holiday do this tour early in the morning.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Excellent and informative tour. Ideal for a self-paced wander through the centre of York. Very interesting.

Posted by Meadhbh , 9 months ago

Fabulous tour, very informative and easy to follow. We visit York every few years and never knew about this city tour and the app. Will be using it when we visit other cities. Saw streets and site we would have walked by. Highly recommended

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

Amazing tour! So easy to follow, concise and informative.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

Could be good but didn't work very well as GPS kept going wrong .. waste of time and money for us unfortunately as we gave up as it just kept telling us we was lost

Posted by Bryan Hathaway , 10 months ago


Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 11 months ago

Excellent informative tour of York. Thoroughly enjoyed ambling back through time in this wonderful city.
Would highly recommend

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

Really enjoyed and seen places we would have missed if we didn’t complete this

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels: A Walk Through York’s History