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

75 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

Tour Producer


James Easton

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

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.


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

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 2 days ago

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

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