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

York Walls Festival 2018


Community groups across York are working together to stage the first ever York Walls Festival, on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th August, 2018. Volunteers from the Red Tower group and Friends of York Walls, supported by Jorvik and City of York Council, are looking forward to celebrating and promoting this much-loved attraction. The launch event on the Friday evening, likely to be held at York St. John University will feature a talk by John Oxley, City Archaeologist, and a visit from the Lord Mayor of York.

Saturday will see a host of guided walks, events and open days across the city centre, giving the public the chance to find out more about parts of the three-mile circuit they might not often visit. For children there will be a Walls Passport to collect stamps for as they make their way around the city. A detailed programme will be issued later in July, and people can stay in touch via:

  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @WallsYork #YorkWallsFest

One of the organisers,  Martin Hetherington (Friends of York Walls) said:  “It’s great to be working with other local groups who are passionate about sharing the city’s heritage with the public. Visitors will be able to see inside all the main gates on a single day. Plans are advancing for a York Walls Visitor Centre at Fishergate Postern Tower, and a display there will show progress to date.”


Martin can be contacted via the FOYW email:

More details to follow.



Fishergate Postern Tower Fundraising

Please help The Friends of York Walls to pay for the installation of electrical sockets and new lighting inside Fishergate Postern Tower, a part of  York’s famous City Walls.  Please donate anything, however small, via the Justgiving Link Here  and help us to improve the facilities inside the tower.  Thank you!

The Friends of York Walls have recently leased the tower from the City of York Council;  and display information there about the tower and the history of York’s City Walls.  Entry to the tower is free on our open days, but individual visits can be arranged for a donation. Currently we need money for internal electrical installations, lighting, and roof repairs.  With electricity and lighting inside the tower we can then improve our informative and historical displays and enhance the visitor experience.

For FPT OPEN DAYS see the list HERE


2018 Season – Here we come ! !

Fishergate Postern Tower – Next OPEN on 17th February

The next  FPT “open day” of our new 2018 season will be at the “York Viking Festival  Weekend” on Saturday 17th February.  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.