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 = York Walls Festival 2024
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    friendsofyorkwalls@gmail.com

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



NEW  Friends of York Walls Audio Guide  = “York’s City Walls Audio Trail” – for SmartPhone / Tablet – is now available to download through your ‘app store’  by searching for the free Guide.AI  travel app.    “York’s City Walls Audio Trail”  is then = Guide ID Number 80.

Full details are HERE

It’s so easy. The Guide.AI app is free, and the York’s City Walls Audio Trail only costs £1.99 !    For this you get 27 map points, over 100 mins of audio & the full text.

“York’s City Walls Audio Trail” is based on the Walls Trail information and pages on the Friends of York Walls website, and the book “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls” by Simon Mattam, produced for the Friends of York Walls.

In the Guide.AI app & Guide ID.80  the “York’s City Walls Audio Trail” is divided into sections, as indicated by the “Map Points”, and a “List View”, on a detailed map of York, and GPS links. This audio guide starts at Exhibition Square, by Bootham Bar, and is designed to help you enjoy a circular walk, with descriptions, and “Map Point” numbers, going clockwise.  However, The Walls can be walked in either direction. You can also select particular bits of The Walls to walk on, as there are about a dozen places where you can access the wall-walk. These are indicated by a Dark Red “title banner” on the apps “Map Point” images. This audio guide gives you an introduction to each section, with more details available on the Friends of York Walls website at yorkwalls.org.uk

The “York’s City Walls Audio Trail”  is initially released in English, but other languages may be added, if there is sufficient demand. Once the initial download fee of just £1.99 has been paid any updates to the app and the Walls Guide will be available to download without further payment.

Some user reviews have said =

“Good guide to walking York’s historic walls.”

“This has been a fantastic guide round this amazing place. It’s given us loads of information we wouldn’t have taken in had it just been there to read. Very well put together and I look forward to looking out others to listen too.”

“Excellent guide for a self guided walk around York’s City Walls. Lots of interesting facts and information.”

“Fabulous way to spend a morning. loved it. Informative and easy to use. Listened to commentary using headphones and walked the whole circuit. can recommend.”


Updated  20th June 2023   A F
Reposted 5th November 2023   AF



Fishergate Postern Tower will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 28th October and on Saturday 11th November.

Entry is FREE but any donations are welcome !

These will be the last planned opening days for the 2023 season.  FPT will officially re-open for York’s Residents Weekend at the end of January 2024. There may be additional occasional pop-up open days over the winter so watch this space.

Don’t miss the annual York Walls Twilight Walks – from Monday 30th October to Thursday 2nd November.   The Walls from Bootham Bar Gateway to Monk Bar Gateway, passing behind York Minster, will be lit by fairy lights, creating a unique atmosphere. The Walls close at dusk and are rarely open in the evening, so ‘Twilight Walls’ offers the unique chance to experience the Walls and the views from this vantage point at night.  This is a BOOKED event – with multiple half hour sessions each evening from 19:00.

Published 17th October 2023   af