You can, of course, create your own tour of York, for example by following one of our itineraries, perhaps round the walls following the Walls Walk, York Minster following the Minster Tour or discovering the Snickelways.
If you’d like a guide to show you York or parts of it, there are lots of possibilities both for general and themed tours. Most are on foot, but there are also options by bus, boat or bike. The information office has leaflets and details of most.
In all cases, some guided tours are light-hearted, some more serious. If this is important to you, ask for advice in the tourist office on the day.
Open deck sightseeing buses drive round the town during daylight hours. These work on a hop-on, hop-off system and travel in a large circle round the walled city. There is commentary (generally recorded) offered in several languages. Convenient, but obviously cannot take in the popular sights in the footstreets area.
One obvious option is the twice daily free walking tour provided by local volunteer guides, from outside the art gallery. Good professional tours are also offered by Yorkwalk, with tours leaving at 10.30 and 2.15 from outside Museum Gardens. These last up to 2 hours. They offer themed tours, such as Essential Tours, Snickelways, Secret York. See their website for the schedule. Booking not necessary. (They also organise private tours on demand.)
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Got your running shoes with you? An innovative way to see York is offered by York on the Run. Runs take in the main sights and can start outside the Minster or from your hotel. Start times to suit you, booking and enquiries via a website form.
York claims to be the most haunted city in England. Over 500 sightings are claimed in the many old buildings. Now every evening there are other apparitions to be seen in the streets, however: groups of people in the competing ghost tours that all manage to flourish as a visitor attraction. As you’ll see in our ghost tour guide, these popular tours are more theatre and fun than anything else.
There are two kinds of boat tour on offer. The regular guided tours leaving at fixed times, and the self-guided tour via a small hired craft.
There are local companies who specialise in bicycle tours. Bikes, guides and helmets are all provided. One company is happy to provide tagalong trailers for younger children, whilst the other one can only take children over 12. Check out our York Bike Tour Guide if you’re interested.