Red Tower and Fishergate Tower will both be open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September 2014.

This event, managed by The Friends of York Walls, is part of Heritage Open Days – organised by English Heritage so that people can visit places not normally open to the public.

When Red Tower was first opened by FoYW in January 2014, for the York Residents Weekend, a gecko was found lurking in the building. The gecko’s gone to a good home now, but visitors will be able to see inside this quaint little red brick building on Foss Islands Road, opposite Waitrose.

Built in 1492, it was the cause of a murder when city stonemasons became angry that the new tower was ordered in brick. At first the bricklayers were threatened and their tools stolen, but soon a bricklayer was found dead and a leading stone mason was charged with the crime.

Fishergate Postern Tower, at the end of Piccadilly, will also be open. There you can visit the upper floors, buy the new book “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls”, and “Sponsor a Stone”

The Friends of York Walls are looking for volunteers to help show visitors around both Fishergate Tower and Red Tower. Anyone interested should contact:- or see the website at

For information about other buildings opening in York for the event go to the Heritage Open Days website:-