York MP3 Audio Walking Tours
We have two York walking tours: The Grand Tour, and Around the Walls. You can download them individually for £3 each, or both together for £5. All our walks include a map in PDF format, which you will find within the zip file that you download immediately after purchase. Audio files are standard MP3 format, suitable for use on iPods and other MP3-compatiable devices.
ROUTE 1: The Grand Tour
This York walking tour will take around one hour to complete. Your start point is directly outside York City Art Gallery. Soon after you begin, you’ll see unusual and fascinating King’s Manor, before entering Museum Gardens for a glimpse of the Multiangular Tower, which has existed here since Roman times. As the area’s name suggests, you’ll also pass by the doors of the Yorkshire Museum, with exhibits covering archaeology, astronomy, biology and geology. On Stonegate, you’ll see both Mansion House, home of the Lord Mayor of York, and Mulberry Hall, one of many ancient buildings along this historic thoroughfare.
Undoubtedly the highlight of this York walking tour is York Minster, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, steeped in history. Close by is the Treasurer’s House, a National Trust property with many ghost stories to tell. Also within the York Minster precinct, you’ll see St William’s College, a Grade 1 listed building now available to hire for functions.
On Goodramgate, you will pass Holy Trinity Church, a hidden treasure in the shadow of the more famous York Minster. You will then walk down York’s most famous street, The Shambles, where you’ll hear why there’s a shrine to a 16th century butcher’s wife called Margaret Clitherow before passing close by one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, the Jorvik Viking Centre, where you can come face to face with a Viking! As you head back to your start point, you’ll have the opportunity to pop in for a cuppa at the world-famous Betty’s Tea Rooms.
Zip file (includes PDF map): 13.54Mb
Audio points: 13
Audio length: 31:38
Walking time: 60 mins
ROUTE 2: Around the Walls
As the name suggests, this walk takes you along York’s famous city wall, which encircles the city, giving great views on either side. The route also passes by York Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower, as well as passing close by the National Centre for Early Music, housed in a church.
Zip file (includes PDF map): 10.90 Mb
Audio points: 14
Audio length: 28:47
Walking time: 75 mins
On our York walks, you will hear about many of the city’s major historical highlights, including:
York is a city most associated with its Roman heritage. Founded in AD71, the city was declared the capital of Britannica Inferior, and named Eboracum – the place of the yew tree. Its location was ideal, as it provided good river connections to the North Sea, and the underlying rocks, deposited during the last Ice Age, provided firm foundations. There’s even an original Roman column, discovered during renovations at York Minster, which has survived intact.
The late 1970s brought about a huge archaelogical discovery during groundwork for a new shopping centre. Thousands of beautifully preserved Viking artefacts were unearthed, marking one of the most unexpected and largest historical projects of all time. As a result, the city created the Jorvik Viking Centre, which celebrates York’s Viking past in spectacular fashion.
Recently voted Britain’s favourite street by users of Google StreetView, Shambles one of York’s tourist hotspots. This narrow lane, complete with cobbles and overhanging buildings, is one of the most photographed places in the country. It was once home to butchers, and also houses a shrine to Margaret Clitherow, a 16th Century butcher’s wife who was imprisoned numerous times due to her Catholic beliefs. She was later canonised in 1970.
This Gothic cathedral, which was built over a period of more than 250 years, beginning in 1220 and finally consecrated in 1472. It features multiple examples of religious artwork, including sculptures and carvings, as well as the largest example of medieval stained glass in the world. The tour also features a much smaller, but just as atmospheric building in Holy Trinity Church.
The city has been enclosed by walls since as early as the 3rd Century, with the present ones dating from the 13th and 14th Centuries. It features a series of gates around its perimeter, and the walls have survived largely intact. Walking the walls is fine way to experience centuries of York’s history.
York attractions and places to stay
Tourist Tracks recommends the following tourist attractions and places to stay during your time in York.