While on furlough Friends of York Walls volunteer Sally Hauser wrote an article for Yorkshire Life which has just been published on line.  The article shares all the insider information you need to know about one of York’s most prominent historical treasures – York’s City Walls.

The online article is copyright to “Great British Life / Yorkshire Life”   and is available to read HERE

Fishergate Postern Tower Credit: @sharpstickfilms

The next FPT openings are on the Saturday 19th June, 3rd July and 17th July,  from 10am to 4pm.  FREE ENTRY    No Need to Book!

Opening will then be to the latest published 2021 dates for the remainder of the year  (subject to any changes to Covid regulations). 


We have followed the Government Guidelines closely in assessing the risks of COVID 19 and as a result there will be 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 May and June opening will be =

  • Max group size: 6 people
  • People from different households must maintain a social distance.
  • Face coverings must be worn inside the Tower, unless exemptions apply.
  • Visitors will be asked to scan the NHS QR code or provide their contact-details.

Groups will be limited to a maximum of SIX and we are restricting the total number of visitors in the building at any one time to 16  (i.e. an average of 4 per floor) 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 observing the 2 metre distance markings on the paving stones under foot.

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 all wear face-masks. Visitors are also required to wear face-masks themselves (unless exemptions apply) and, in case anyone would like one, there will be a supply of face-masks available at the entrance for a donation in our donations bucket, or bring your own mask.

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 open BUT with a ONE WAY CLOCKWISE ONLY system in place.  Access up onto the walls at Fishergate Postern Tower will NOT be possible.

See separate posting HERE for details of walls access points.

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

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Published 18th May 2021  A F


Its officially Spring, British Summer Time has started, the daffodils are out and we can start looking forward to a “more normal” summer.

We are planning to re-open up inside Fishergate Postern Tower after the Covid stage 3 restrictions are lifted in late May.  It is hoped that we can then start with FPT open days from Saturday 22nd May, and then the Spring Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 29th May and Monday 31st May. All being well after that we will revert to the planned 2021 open dates timetable which is listed in our annual leaflet HERE.   Openings will be in line with the Covid restrictions in force at the time – so the first open days in May will have to limit the number of visitors to six people or two households at a time.

Meanwhile why not walk around the walls to see the annual display of daffodils on the ramparts. Remember that the elevated wall walk is only open ONE WAY and in a CLOCKWISE DIRECTION.  See previous post HERE.   Its easier to keep to social distancing rules by walking around at ground level (in either direction) and using the map HERE.

Watch this space for any further updates to FPT opening times, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Published / updated on 14th April 2021   AF / FOYW