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Retired Computer Design Engineer. Main hobby photography. Moved to live in York in November 2010 to be near family.

2018 Season – Here we come ! !

Fishergate Postern Tower – OPEN on 27th & 28th January

The first FPT “open days” of our new 2018 season will be at the “York Residents Festival Weekend” on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January.  Don’t worry if you are not a York Resident the tower is  FREE ENTRY  to everyone – although a small donation would be welcome !

“FOYW Map & Open Days Guide 2018” is now available.

The 2018 version of our annual FOYW information leaflet has now been produced.  It is available   HERE

The full list of Fishergate Postern Tower “2018 Open Days” is available   HERE

This year we are pleased to announce that our friends at Croque Monsieur “the Coffee Shop in the Walls” have agreed to sponsor the printing of the leaflet.   If you are near to one of their establishments then give their drinks and food menu a go!  At Bootham Bar you can even look through the glass floor to the Roman remains below. Website at –

Fishergate Postern Tower,
at the end of Piccadilly, is a 4 storey stone tower built around 1504 and has a quirky narrow spiral staircase linking the interesting rooms and with views of the roof structure. The FPT openings will be staffed by Friends of York Walls volunteers who will be on hand to help, and to tell you about the history of the tower. You can also learn about plans for the future of the tower and other 2018 planned activities.

Copies of the FoYW book “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls” will be on sale. You can also “Sponsor a Stone” on either the West Wall or the North Wall to raise funds for the restoration of and repairs to the tower.

We need more volunteers and also people to join the Management Committee and Trustees.  If you are interested please email us at


Seasons Greetings and looking to 2018

The Friends of York Walls wish “Seasons Greetings” to all our volunteers, friends, supporters and followers.

The next planned activity will be the first 2018 opening of Fishergate Postern Tower at the York Residents Weekend at the end of January.  Watch this space for further details of this and our other plans for 2018.

If you are looking for a unique Christmas present for somebody please do consider sponsoring a stone on Fishergate Postern Tower – full details  HERE


“A Walk In The Dark” 2017 – Detailed Information


On Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd November 2017  – Take “A Walk In The Dark”  – To discover York in a new light !   This is a rare opportunity to Walk the City Walls at night.  Entry at Bootham Bar and exit at Monk Bar (One Way only).   Open from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Last entry 7:50pm.  Bring a torch !    £1.00

This once a year two day event is organised by the Friends of York Walls (FOYW) and will give you the opportunity to see night time views of York from the City Walls, including the part floodlit York Minster.  The main walls walk itself is in the dark.    FoYW Guides will be on hand + book sales and information at Bootham Bar.

There will be a special “lighting effects show ” at Robin Hood Tower, kindly provided by York St John University students.  { further details TBA }

  • ENTER & START at Bootham Bar – ONE WAY ONLY.
  • Normal wall walk restrictions apply.
  • Opening is subject to weather and safety conditions.
  • Walk at your own risk – and at your own pace.
  • NOTE that there are numerous steps along the walls.
  • This is a walk in the dark – so a torch would be useful.
  • All children MUST be accompanied and supervised.
  • NO pushchairs (walkway is too narrow).
  • NO dogs.
  • Photographers please – NO use of tripods on the walkways.
  • FOYW retain the right to refuse admission to this event.
  • Please observe any safety instructions from FOYW volunteers
  • Unfortunately this event is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with difficulty climbing steps.

This “Walls Walk” event is £1.00 for adults, but children (under 16) and NUS card holders FREE  –  No booking is necessary.    All “donations” to FoYW will be  used to promote and preserve York’s City Walls and Defences + repairs to Fishergate Postern Tower.

We understand that Croque Monsieur (by Bootham Bar) plan to stay open late – so enjoy a drink or snack before your walk.

For more information, or to volunteer to help us with this event – please email us at

Download the official event posters  HERE  and  HERE

Last FPT openings of 2017 – You can still visit Fishergate Postern Tower on Saturday 28th October and Saturday 4th November 2017 from 10am to 4pm.    Admission is FREE.  Last opportunity to see the 2017 Photo Competition finalists entries.


York City Walls “Walk In The Dark”

Wednesday 1st November and Thursday 2nd November, open from 6pm to 8pm   –   A rare opportunity to walk along Yorks historic City Walls after the sun goes down and to see the city and Minster in a new light!

Friends of York Walls volunteers will be opening up the Walls for a “Walk In The Dark” starting at Bootham Bar going (one direction) to Monk Bar.   Entrance at Bootham Bar   £1.00  –  children and NUS students FREE.  The students of nearby York St John University will be featuring a light installation at Robin Hood Tower.


York Walls Performance Trail – Saturday 16th September 13:00 to 17:00

Friends of York Walls are supporting the 2017 TakeOver Festival “Lead In Event” on Saturday 16th September when performers will be taking to York’s famous City Walls for a one of a kind performance trail.

Full details can be found on the York Theatre Royal page   HERE

Featuring new and emerging artists and performers at various stations throughout the Monk Bar to Bootham Bar stretch of the walls with 10-15 minute shows this will be the perfect opportunity to engage with accessible arts, one of TakeOver’s main aims, and find out what is planned for this year’s main festival week in October.

Events planned from 13:00 to 17:00 –  as detailed on the above plan.

As always entry to the walls is FREE and the performances in this event are also FREE and unticketed.

If you would like to help Friends of York Walls volunteers during the event please email


Heritage Open Days – 8th, 9th, 10th September

As part of the National 2017 Heritage Open Days – Fishergate Postern Tower, Piccadilly, Lead Mill Lane, York, North Yorkshire will be open on all three days – over the weekend of 8th, 9th, 10th September.

Volunteer guides will show you around the 500 year old tower, where the Postern gatekeeper lived with his family. The second floor room has sockets in the walls from which large timbers used to support the lead roof above. The spiral staircase ends on the top floor, which was enclosed with the existing timber roof some time before it was shown on John Speed’s map of 1610. Some of the original battlements still have mason’s marks.

Opening Times
  • Friday 8 September        : 11:00 to16:30
  • Saturday 9 September  : 10:00 to 16:00
  • Sunday 10 September   : 10:00 to 16:00
Booking Details

No booking is required.  FREE ENTRY  but donations welcome.


Wheelchair access to ground floor only.  Access to the upper floors is via a narrow spiral staircase,  not suitable for anyone with mobility limitations or fear of confined spaces.  Volunteer guides are on hand to describe the building and to assist visitors on the stairs.

Additional information

Fishergate Postern Tower is opened on other occasions by the Friends of York Walls;  opening hours are subject to volunteer numbers.  Visit the Friends website for more information about FPT and the Walls.  Join Friends of York Walls, via the website (it is free!), and find out about the Sponsor a Stone project, which allows members of the public to contribute towards the refurbishment and maintenance of FPT.


Located at the junction of Piccadilly and Lead Mill Lane, in front of the Wetherspoons/Travelodge.


Organised by

Friends of York Walls CIO

We need more volunteers and also people to join the Management Committee and Trustees.  If you are interested please email us at –