The WALLS WALK from Fishergate Postern Tower steps to Fishergate Bar steps has now re-opened.

An inspection of Tower 39 ( the tower in the corner adjacent to Fishergate Postern Tower, overlooking the junction of Fishergate and Paragon Street) has revealed that an internal shallow brick arch forming the roof inside the tower is in need of repair and the walkway supported by the brick roof arch across the top of the tower has started to subside.  In the interests of public safety this section of the wall walk was closed to the public whilst a full detailed inspection took place. Temporary supports have now been installed inside Tower 39 and a decision will now be taken on what measures are needed for a more permanent repair.  This short section of walkway is safe,  and has now been reopened to the public.

The Friends of York Walls hope to open Fishergate Postern Tower AND Tower 39 as part of the January 2017 Residents Festival Weekend. Access to Tower 39 will be reviewed nearer the time.


Fishergate Postern Tower is now closed for the winter season.  Our next opening will be at York Residents Weekend at the end of January 2017 – see you then.  Watch this space for details nearer the time.

A big thank you to all our volunteers, friends and visitors who have helped to make 2016 a record year for visitors numbers to Fishergate Postern Tower – with just over 8000 visitors recorded over the 24 open days.  In addition over 1000 visitors attended the two evenings of the Illuminating York event, and enjoyed a walk on the City Walls  at night.



THIS EVENT HAS NOW FINISHED FOR 2016 -sorry if you missed it!  You can however still visit Fishergate Postern Tower on Saturday 29th October from 10am to 4pm.    Admission FREE.

Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th October 2016  = “Walk York’s City Walls at night, in the dark”  – entry at Bootham Bar and exit at Monk Bar (One Way only).   Open from 6:00pm to 9:00pm as part of the “Illuminating York 2016”  festival.  Last entry 8:45pm.  Bring a torch !

This event is organised by the Friends of York Walls and will give you the opportunity to see night time views of York from the walls, including the part floodlit York Minster.  The walls walk itself is in the dark – there are no special lighting installations along the walk.   FoYW Guides will be on hand + book sales and information at Bootham Bar.

ENTER & START at Bootham Bar – ONE WAY ONLY.   Normal wall walk restrictions apply.  Opening subject to weather and safety conditions.  Walk at your own risk – its a walk in the dark so a torch would be useful.  All children MUST be accompanied.  NO pushchairs.  NO dogs. Photographers please avoid the use of tripods on the walkway.

This “Walls Walk” event is £2.00 for adults, but children (under 16) are FREE – no booking is necessary.    All “donations” to FoYW will be  used to promote and preserve York’s City Walls and Defences.

We understand that Croque Monsieur plan to stay open late – so enjoy a drink or snack before your walk.  At the end of your walk the Richard III Exhibition at Monk Bar  plan to be open on Wednesday, and may be Thursday.   (Separate Admission Charges apply).

Want to volunteer to help us with this event – email us at

Download the FoYW Illuminating York 2016 poster  HERE

Official Illuminating York info available  HERE