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The Best of York on Foot in a Small Group

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Don’t worry about getting lost in the winding streets of medieval York during this introductory tour of the city, ideal for first-time visitors and those with limited time in the region. See several York highlights—including St Mary’s Abbey, York Minster, and The Shambles—without worrying about directions, while benefiting from the insight of your guide throughout.
  • Explore several York landmarks during this introductory walking tour
  • Visit places such as Stonegate, the Museum Gardens, and more
  • See more of York in less time than you likely could alone
  • Learn more about York than you could alone from your guide

What's Included

  • Complementary map of York
  • Multimedia illustrations accompany the tour - all guides carry iPads
  • Personalised greeting sign at the meeting point
  • Entrance fees: the tour is outdoors and does not include museums or the interior of the cathedral.

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS, UK

    We will be in the square in front of the central library - York Explore Library and Archive, Museum Street YO1 7DS The guide will have a sign with your name so you should be able to find us (please don't join any tour that does not have your name displayed as it won't be ours)!

Return Details

  • Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma Gate, Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma Gate, York YO1 8BL, UK

    The tour ends in the heart of town at Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, at the end of the Shambles.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Operated by Yorktour

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during The Best of York on Foot in a Small Group?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Q:What is the social distancing policy during The Best of York on Foot in a Small Group?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Best of York on Foot in a Small Group?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

Highly recommend this walking tour with Alfred as a must when visiting York.
Definitely value for money and a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
345 reviews
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Excellent short tour.
Nuala_C, Jun 2022
Our guide Ferrah was brilliant. Fantastic knowledge of York. We only had a few hours so this tour have us an in-depth insight into the history of the city.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Nulala - thanks so much for the delightful comments - really appreciated! Ferah
Great Experience
Rachel_I, Jun 2022
Sarah gave us a great comprehensive tour, putting together all the levels of York history in an accessible way. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. She took us to parts of York we would never have visited.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Rachel - it was lovely to meet you; always pleased to think people find parts of the city they might not have discovered otherwise. All good wishes Sarah
Great walking tour of York
Vanessa_N, Jun 2022
Alfred was incredibly knowledgeable, engaging, and friendly. I'd recommend this tour to anyone who wants a great overview of York's history and most famous sites.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Vanessa - really enjoyed meeting you and thanks for the kind words Alfred
Awesome experience, I...
LuisFernando_M, Jun 2022
Awesome experience, I went with my wife, two sons (teenagers) and my in-laws, we all loved the tour, Sarah is really knowledgeable and super nice, would highly recommend it!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you so much, Luis, and it was great to meet the family! Do come back to York again sometime.
Personalised and informative
Kate_B, May 2022
Knowledgeable guide, very interesting and entertaining. Small group and personalised attention. Tour included main sights but also things would never have noticed alone. Excellent value.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks Kate - we really pride ourselves on keeping the groups small and personalised so really very pleased you appreciated that Very best Alfred
A walking tour history
Ann_O, May 2022
Our guide Alfred was extremely knowledgeable and brought York to life from the earliest recorded time right up to the present day. Absolutely fabulous way to introduce yourself to York or in my case be told about things that I did not know.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks very much for commenting - we really hope the tour is the best way to get yourself orientated if you've never been to York before. But hopefully also a new slant for anyone who already knows it well. V best Alfred
Alfred was great and very...
Andrew_J, May 2022
Alfred was great and very informative about york,s history. He showed us parts of city that we would never had found.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks Andrew - of course seeking out the parts you might have missed is what we’re here for! Best Alfred
Knowledgeable, factual and entertaining.
Kevin_H, May 2022
Very knowledgeable guide. Enjoyed standing in one area and having so many centuries in one place. Being in a small group made it so much better. Answered all our questions and kept us all entertained for the whole time.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks Kevin - yes, we keep the group small precisely so that everyone feels comfortable asking questions - and sometimes we can hopefully answer them! Best Alfred
Mark_B, May 2022
Very informative and interesting. Alfred kept it fun. Would highly recommend. Viator booking system is very easy to use
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for that - we want it to be fun as well as factual. Really pleased the booking experience was a breeze as well. Very best Alfred
Book this tour!
Jill_D, Apr 2022
Alfred provided a delightful history of York on our walking tour that really enhanced my appreciation of the city. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting for the first time. It was the absolute highlight of our visit!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks Jill. It's really kind when people a) book the tour and b) encourage others to do likewise - we really appreciate it V best Alfred
York + Alfred = excellent combination
Sumit_B, Apr 2022
Guide Alfred was simply extraordinary. The time passed without knowing. The talk was interactive and engaging
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks Sumit - it was a pleasure meeting you All best Alfred
Enjoyable and highly informative
Andrew_S, Apr 2022
Great walking tour and highly informative. The highlight of our visit to York. A great tour guide (Alfred) with lots of knowledge presented in a very thoughtful way.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks Andrew - well, York has lots of highlights, so for our tour to be in among there is very flattering Alfred
Perfect 90 minutes
Edward_R, Apr 2022
Alfred was an incredible source of history and knowledge. Didn’t just state facts but told stories which makes it so much more interesting. This is a must do if you’re in York.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Well, we endeavour to make sure the stories are factually correct; but yes, who'd rather listen to a bunch of facts without an interesting narrative to put them in. Many thanks Alfred
Great tour and recommend to all.
Liam_C, Apr 2022
Great guide. New his stuff and kept all engaged. Great history and lopped round , very well planned amd delivered.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks Liam - much appreciated! Alfred
A brilliant tour
Guy_B, Apr 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, Alfred was so knowledgeable and we learned a great deal about York s history that we wouldn’t have been able to find otherwise.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks very much indeed Guy; always pleased to hear if we showed visitors a side of things they might have missed otherwise; after all, there's a lot to take in in York V best Alfred
Recommend your in York
Victoria_C, Apr 2022
Brilliant tour with Alfred, James and I loved it. Great knowledge and history learned in our tour. Nice small group of 6. Thank you
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Great to meet a fellow history nut, even if he insists on supporting Liverpool Very best Alfred
Alfred the great (tour guide)
Jonathan_F, Apr 2022
Alfred was brilliant. So knowledgeable. He talked for nearly 2 hours and brought the history to life
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks for that Jonathan, I'll shut up now All best Alfred
Great way to spend the day
Jacinth_T, Apr 2022
Alfred our guide was very friendly, knowledgable, and very obviously loves York a lot. We were brought to the main York attractions, and lots of history was explained in a concise but easy-to-digest manner. Alfred pointed out numerous things along the way that we would otherwise not have noticed. It was a great hour and a half taking in all the sights in a small friendly group. I would recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks so much Jacinth; we keep the groups sizes small for all those reasons so really appreciate you commenting on that. Very best Alfred
History of York
Julian_P, Apr 2022
Learning the history of York and it never become part of the industrial revolution. Alfred was very informative and a passion for his home town of York
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi Julian having lived in some other places where the industrial revolution DID happen (ie Leeds) it's very easy to be passionate about York. No disrespect to Leeds however - much better shopping and 21st century architecture V best Alfred
Excellent, fun & informative tour!
Nick_A, Mar 2022
The intentionally small group of 7 people ensured we could hear everything imparted by Alfred, his enthusiasm & knowledge brought the history to life and made the tour an enjoyable one. Highly recommend joining his tour, you won’t be disappointed.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks Nick - yes, we keep an upper limit to no more than 8 to ensure everyone feels involved and part of the conversation: it's much more fun for us this way too! Very best Alfred


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