Fishergate Postern Tower will be one of the venues for the York Festival of Ideas 2024.

See the full details of all the events at the Visit York Website   HERE

The full program of all the events is available to download   HERE

One of the many events is being run at Fishergate Postern Tower, and will take place on Saturday 1st June and Saturday 8th June.

At Fishergate Postern Tower =

Come and hunt for masons’ marks in the 500-year-old Fishergate Postern Tower.
We know there are at least 68, so why not see how many you can find?  With four
floors, a spiral staircase and an unusually complete Tudor toilet, there’s plenty for
all the family to explore.

OPEN  Saturday 1 June & Saturday 8th June, from 10am to 1pm 
(FREE but pre-bookable every half hour entry times until 12.30pm)
Location Fishergate Postern Tower, Piccadilly
Free tickets:

THIS IS A FREE but TICKETED EVENT – PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKETS via the links on the Visit York Website

The Saturday 1st June “fun & explore slots” are intended as Family Activities, whilst
The Saturday 8th June “workshop slots” are intended more for adults (suitable for ages 14 + ! ).

To book tickets visit  HERE   and   HERE

There are 15 places available each half hour slot – so book soon to avoid disappointment.
If the slot you are looking for is FULL then try looking for all other timed slots throughout both dates.  Sorry – NO ADMISSION without a ticket

This event is provided by The Friends of York Walls and is run by its volunteers.

Posted 22nd May 2024  af



 If you are walking past Fishergate Postern Tower, take a look at the mass of wildflowers appearing on the rampart next to the tower. These have been planted by the Friends of York Walls, with the approval and support of the City of York Council. They are above all pollinator-friendly, but they are also native species, non-invasive, and require no ongoing maintenance. We already have bees on them now.

 The volunteers who do this work meet for an hour and a half every Sunday morning at 10 am.  If you’d like to help, or just watch, see you there.

Wild flowers on ramparts near Fishergate Postern Tower

The flowers you see in this photograph are of Red Campion, which once it is established out-competes the grass and rises above it, returning every year. It lasts for weeks in flower, so it is a real success and we are now planting lots more of it.


Posted  19 May 2024  AF



A new date for your diary – 11th May 2024  = Sheriffs Army visit to FPT

This years Sheriffs Army event will be patrolling the York’s City Walls on the 11th of May, starting from the Mansion House at 11am, an earlier time than in the past. 

Fishergate Postern Tower will be open for this additional day from 10am to 4pm – free entry as normal

Sheriffs Army Patrol in 2023 at Fishergate Postern Arch. ..Photo Alan Fleming
Note that the time of the Sheriff’s Army Patrol’s arrival at FPT is likely to be between 11.30 am and 12 noon, NOT the early afternoon as last year. 
We intend to dress FPT up with flags, bunting, etc..  FOYW Volunteers also hope to be dressed in suitable medieval costume to greet The Sheriff and his supporting Army Patrol.   The option to be dressed up is up to our volunteers – so do come and support this special opening. 
Published 14th March 2024   af

Open Days for Fishergate Postern Tower – 2024

Located @  Junction of Piccadilly and Lead Mill Lane  YORK   YO1 9AF

Sat 27th & Sun 28th January = Residents Weekend
Sat 17th February
Sat 9th March
Sat 23rd March
Sat 13th April
Sat 4th & Sun 5th May = May Day BH Weekend
Sat 11th May = Sheriffs Army visit FPT
Sat 25th  May = Spring BH Weekend
Sat 15th June
Sat 29th June
Sat 13th July
Sat 27th July 
Sat 10th August
Sat 7th September + Sat 14th September = Heritage Open Days
Sat 28th September
Sat 5th & Sun 6th October = York Unlocked ?
Sat 26th October = Halloween Saturday
Sat 9th November

PLUS other possible dates – check the website for details.

FREE  ENTRY   (but donations are always welcome)

Climb the spiral staircase of this early Tudor tower, work the model portcullis and find a remarkably complete garderobe, masons’  marks, re-used roof beams and our displays, including brand new replicas reborn from fragments found in our recent archaeological dig.

Disabled Access (Partial – ground floor only)

These events are provided by volunteers of The Friends of York Walls.  We are also looking for new Volunteers, new Committee Members and new Trustees.  There would be no pressure for you to devote any more time or effort than you feel comfortable with.  If you are interested, or would like to get involved, please pop along for a chat one open day or email  us at

These opening dates of Fishergate Postern Tower are a part of our 2024 season. Check back here to see any last minute changes !

For all 2024 open days please see    HERE

Our 2024 Information Leaflet is available    HERE 

Published 9th January 2024   AF

Updated 2nd March  AF