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Step inside one of York’s historic gateways in the brand new attraction for 2022, City Walls Experience at Micklegate Bar, and join us for a walking tour around the Micklegate area.  From 2nd April – 30th October 2022

Start your city walls experience here

Created by the team behind the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre, explore three floors of this important gateway and find out more about the historic walls surrounding the city of York.

Housed in the gatehouse of Micklegate Bar, visit City Walls Experience to discover how York came to be a walled city and how the walls have evolved and changed since the first embankments were built by the Romans.


Extend your visit with a walking tour

Once you’ve finished your visit, join us for a tour around the Micklegate and Bishophill areas to explore the fascinating history of this quarter of the city.  Tours including sections of the wall at 10.30am and 2pm, with an accessible tour at 12 noon (prebooking essential by calling 01904615505)


The top floor features a central map with displays highlighting the features from different periods in history that are still visible today, as well as those that have been lost to time.

Visitors can learn about historic characters who have links to Micklegate Bar, which was historically the main entrance to the city for anyone arriving from the south, and particularly, the gate through which visiting Royals would pass (with the permission of the Lord Mayor). From Royalty to soldiers and even a policeman who took up residence here, video presentations bring their stories to life