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

Fishergate Postern Tower – Summer/Autumn 2015 Opening

Fishergate Postern Tower will be open by Friends of York Walls Volunteers on the following remaining 2015 dates, 10am to 4pm.
Sat 18th & Sun 19th July                                 Start School Summer Hols
Sat 29th Sun 30th & Mon 31st August   Late Summer BH
Sat 12th & Sun 13th September                  Heritage Open Weekend
Sat 31st Oct & Sun 1st Nov                          Autumn School Hols

NOTE – opening on all three days of the bank holiday weekend is to be confirmed, subject to volunteer numbers. If you would like to help us, as a volunteer, please email )


Become a Volunteer Guide at Fishergate Postern Tower


UPDATE – Easter and May 2015
Fishergate Postern Tower Open :-
– Easter opening  : Sat 4,  Sun 5 and Sat 11 April.
We are open 12 noon – 6pm on the latter day, as the Sheriff of York is walking the walls.
– Early May BH: Sat 2, Sun 3 & Mon 4 May.
Saturday opening to be confirmed, as walls will be closed due to the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.
– Late May BH: Sat 23, Sun 24 & Mon 25 May
Normal open times are 10am to 4pm.  Any people who are interested in joining the group of volunteer guides do come and look around.

The Postern Tower will also be open on bank holidays and other occasions throughout the year,  including school ½ term holidays, and during the Festival of Ideas when curators from the Yorkshire Museum will be at the tower showing visitors special artefacts found in the Fishergate area.

Over 500 people visited during the recent York Residents Festival, with many local people saying they had always wanted to see inside the tower and enjoyed climbing its spiral staircase to see the rooms and roof space. The Friends of York Walls have recently installed some temporary lighting in the rooms and stairs,  which were previously only illuminated by torchlight.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer guide should come along on an open day, or look on the Friends of York Walls website,  or send an email to


FoYW AGM will be held on 28th March 2015

The Friends of York Walls will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 28th March 2015, starting at 14:00, at St Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW Tel: 01904 466086. All members are invited to attend.

Notice of any motions for the inclusion in the Agenda of the 2015 Annual General Meeting must be submitted in writing to the The Secretary ( ) to arrive by 14th March 2015 i.e. at lease 14 days before the meeting.

Should any member of The Friends of York Walls wish to have their names deleted from the membership database please contact The Secretary at ( ).

Dated 9th February 2015



Fishergate Postern Tower & Red Tower open at York Residents Weekend 2015

On Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February 2015 both Fishergate Postern Tower and Red Tower will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm (3pm if bad weather) as part of the annual York Residents Weekend.    No need to book and entry is free – but donations to Friends of York Walls and tower repairs are welcome.

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 opening 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. 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 now on the North Wall, to raise funds for the restoration of and repairs to the tower. Unfortunately access beyond the ground floor is not suitable for the disabled.

This year the Friends of York Walls have passed the organisation of The Red Tower opening to the new TIM in York “Red Tower Project” group volunteers who will be available to explain their vision for opening Red Tower to public use. Ultimately, their ambition is for the building to be brought into use by and for the local community, and thus the group are seeking those interested in putting forward ideas, moulding the project and getting involved in its development. Light refreshments should be available during opening hours. If you are interested in the history of Red Tower there will also be a FoYW display and a FoYW representative available. Easy access to the ground floor. First floor viewable from a platform.

FPT and Red open 2015 AF