How well do you know York? Find out during a weekend of guided tours

The mosaic York crest in the Guildhall. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
9 Sep 2016 @ 8.26 am
| Entertainment, History

Think you know York? There’s always something new to learn, and this weekend is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the city.

Get to know your York

Walks start from St Helen’s Square

Sat Sept 10 and Sun Sep 11, 10am-3pm, every half hour

Free but donations welcome

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Get To Know Your York sees two days of free walking tours – and the Lord Mayor of York Cllr Dave Taylor is inviting everyone to take part.

The tours leave St Helen’s Square every half hour. Hosted by York Civic Trust and Yorktour, they are an introduction to what makes York special – informative and entertaining walking tours of England’s second city.

For history buffs there are specialist walks available too: see the table below.

The event is free but a donation to the Lord Mayor’s charities – St Nicks, York Racial Equality Network, York LGBT Forum and York Civic Trust – would be much appreciated.

The specialist walks

Time Name of walk Details
Sat 10th at 9.30am Medieval Shops and Houses

Guide: Peter Addyman

12th to 16th century shops, dwellings and warehouses and their network of plots, alleys and streets.
Sat 10th & Sun 11th at 10am Historic Railways Trail

Guide: Frank Paterson

York Railway’s 175 year history including York’s oldest ‘listed’ railway structure
Sat 10th & Sun 11th at 10.30am Twentieth Century York

Guide: John Fieldhouse

Post-war ‘modernism’s effect on York’s cityscape – brutalism… but also elegance
Sat 10th at 10.30am York and the Reformation

Guide: Bill Shiels

The changes to York’s townscape and churches caused by the Reformation
Sat 10th at 1.30pm & Sun 11th at 12 pm Georgian York

Guide: Peter Brown

Exploring the rich legacy in buildings that the Georgians left behind
Sat 10th at 2pm *Round the Roman Fortress

Guide: Peter Addyman

Exploring the substantial and still visible remains of York’s Roman Legionary Fortress and its surroundings
Sat 10th at 2.30pm The War Memorials of York

Guide: David Fraser

Architectural symbolism and the changing perceptions of ‘remembrance’
Sun 11th at 10am “Look-up” in York

Guide: Jane Grenville

Discover a world of architectural composition that you walk by every day
Sun 11th at 10.30am *York’s Roman City

Guide: Peter Addyman

A walk taking in major parts of the site of the former Roman city of York, capital of Britannia Inferior
Sun 11th at 1.30pm The Street Patterns of York

Guide: Margaret Scott

The maze of York’s streets, gates, spaces and their origins explained
Sun 11th at 2pm The Bridges of York

Guide: Edward Waterson

Four bridges that are there, one that was, and two that should have been
Sun 11th at 2.30pm *The Guildhalls of York

Guide: Kate Giles

Looking at the functions and legacy of York’s often overlooked Guildhalls