Wishing all our volunteers, supporters and followers “Seasons Greetings”, and a “Happy New Year – 2022”.   Thank you for all your support and help during difficult times, restrictions and lockdowns.
Fishergate Postern Tower is currently CLOSED for the winter season. The next Open Days will be for York Residents Weekend on 29th & 30th January 2022 – subject to any Covid restrictions at that time
The planned FPT Open Days schedule for 2022 will be released soon.
Stay safe, stay well, and we hope to see you at some future time for our 2022 season at Fishergate Postern Tower openings, and other events.

Published 14th December 2021     A F


The extra “Pop Up Open Day” planned for Sunday 19th December is now CANCELLED

Fishergate Postern Tower is now CLOSED for the winter season.

The next Open Dates will be at York Residents Weekend on 29th & 30th January 2022

The remaining dates for 2022 will be announced soon – with the usual FREE ENTRY    No Need to Book!


We are still following the Government Guidelines closely in assessing the risks of COVID 19 and as a result there will still  be some changes to how we operate on open days to ensure that we can open safely – for both our visitors and our volunteers.  These changes will be regularly reviewed and revised as necessary.

The current rules for opening will be =

  • Max group size: 6 people
  • People from different households should maintain a social distance whenever possible.
  • Face coverings should still be worn inside the Tower, unless exemptions apply.
  • Visitors may scan the NHS QR code or provide their contact-details if they wish.

Groups will be limited to a maximum of SIX.  We are also restricting the total number of visitors in the building at any one time, and asking everyone to maintain social distance from other groups/individuals not with them in their party. Visitors waiting to go inside will be asked to queue around the building.

Within the building, there will be a one way system in which visitors on the way up stop off at each floor, staying clear to allow any visitors descending to pass down.

There will be a hand sanitiser outside the entrance which we ask everyone to use before entering. Please limit any unnecessary touching of surfaces or objects.  Please also note that Fishergate Postern Tower has no water supply – so there are no hand washing or toilet facilities available.

Volunteers will still wear face-masks. Visitors are also requested to wear face-masks themselves (unless exemptions apply).

Please note that the number of volunteers on duty will be reduced and this means the level of First Aid support will be lower than usual.

A copy of our full COVID 19 Risk Assessment is available HERE on this site.

York’s City Walls elevated sections are now fully open.  See City of York Council website for details  HERE

If you are local to York and can spare some time to help us, as a volunteer guide, a walls guide, join the committee, etc,. then please get in touch via   friendsofyorkwalls@gmail.com

Enjoy your visit,   “Rate Us” on   Trip Advisor     Please show your appreciation of our efforts by making a donation in the bucket provided !


Published 27th October 2021     A F

Updated 14th December 2021   A F


A York Walls Festival Extra: ‘Twilight Walls’

DATES – 20th Oct 2021 to 22nd Oct 2021
About this event  –

A special event to raise money for next year’s York Walls Festival, ‘Twilight Walls’ gives access after dusk to York’s famous Bar Walls on the stretch of Walls starting from Bootham Bar gateway to Monk Bar gateway, which passes behind York Minster, on the line of the walls of the original Roman fort of Eboracum.

The Walls close at dusk and are rarely open in the evening, offering the unique chance to experience the Walls and the views from this vantage point in the dark.

There are three special sessions of ‘Twilight Walls’ to choose from! All tickets are £8.

On the Wednesday and Thursday at 19:00 professional guide Ian Tempest leads the group and will give a short talk about the Walls halfway around the Walls section, at Robin Hood’s Tower.


On all three dates at 19:00 The North Yorkshire Bat Group are leading ‘bat-detection’ experiences.


On all three dates you can experience the stretch of the Walls after-dark without a guide (supervised by volunteer stewards), allowing you to enjoy the sights, ambience and take photographs etc.


Use the links above or search ‘Twilight Walls’ or ‘York Walls Festival’ on Eventbrite.  NOTE – There is a different ticket page for each type of session.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the volunteer-run York Walls Festival which organises free and nearly-free, family-friendly events and activities that promote the history and heritage of York, and partner with community, volunteer groups and creative individuals in and around York.

This event has been made possible with the kind assistance of City of York Council, The Friends of York Walls and The North Yorkshire Bat Group.

The only access and exit points are at Bootham Bar gatehouse and Monk Bar gatehouse. Both points have approximately thirty stone steps up and down. A one-way system will be in operation (from Bootham Bar to Monk Bar), so exit and entrance via the other entrance or exit will only be allowed in an emergency.

The current COVID-19 restrictions and protocols will be in place. Please respect other attendees and stewards who may choose to employ additional protections. Please wash or sanitise your hands before and after the event. Please do not attend the event if you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infectious diseases. All volunteer stewards will be wearing hi-vis vests. Please speak to them if you have any questions, problems or feel unwell. Please follow their instructions at all times.

 York Walls Festival Extra: Twilight Walls - Standard Sessions image

Posted by af  13/10/21