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

Walk York’s City Walls – the 21st c. way !

Monk Bar A6 QR card

If you have a SmartPhone or a Tablet then look out for the small A6 size QR cards which can be found at strategic Wall-Walk access places around the York’s City Walls Trail.   These QR cards are located on the existing large A1 Information Panels at :-

Bootham Bar                              (bottom of the steps)
Monk Bar                                      (under the bar’s arch)
Layerthorpe Bridge                (bottom of the steps)
Red Tower                                   (on the tower wall)
Walmgate Bar                            (bottom of the steps)
Fishergate Bar                           (bottom of the steps)
Fishergate Postern Tower (on the tower wall)
Tower Gardens                         (opposite Clifford’s Tower)
Baile Hill                                        (part way up the steps)
Victoria Bar                                 (road outside the bar)
Micklegate Bar (2)                  (outer wall at side of bar + bar’s inner wall)
Barker Tower                             (wall at start of elevated wall-walk)
Multangular Tower               (inside Multangular Tower area)

Scan the QR codes to get links to the Friends of York Walls “Wall-Trail” web pages which are relevant to the location you are at.   Links are provided to the on-line Wall Trail – Introduction, Overview, Here, Next and Previous trail sections,  and include maps, text, and numerous pictures.

If you don’t have a SmartPhone or a Tablet don’t worry -you can still buy the book “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls” by Simon Mattam ISBN978-0-9929002-0-5.  Available at bookshops, Visit York, etc., and on-line.


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