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York City Walls

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Over 2 miles in length and with a history stretching back nearly 2000 years, the walls of York are amongst the finest preserved historic monuments anywhere in the world. Of the 108 walled towns and cities that once existed in England, less than a third retain as much as a single gateway. York is totally unique in Britain offering as it does examples of Roman, Dark Age, Viking, Medieval and later defences, and on such a massive scale. Following extensive recent research, they are now brought to life with a self-guided audio tour on a personal media player (all equipment supplied) - taking you around the walls at your own pace.

To conduct the self guided tour, a portable media player is provided, which contains audio tracks for :

• the 26 stopping points on the tour (varying in length between 3 and 10 minutes each)

• an audio guide for the Richard III Museum (Monk Bar) (entry free as part of the tour)

• 5 background tracks for the different ages of York (Roman York, Dark Age & Viking York, Medieval York, The Civil War, The Final Battle), which can be listened to at any point and provide a great basis for learning more about the history of York

• 7 places to stop for refreshments. With over 3 hours and 2 miles of walls to explore this is fantastic value but its worth stopping off a few times along the way! In conjunction with, we have provided 7 venues all at various points along the walk where you can stop off for a rest, and grab a drink or some food. All have a fascinating history of their own, including York's most haunted pub, York's oldest pub and one of the finest restaurants in Yorkshire. Learn more about them on the audio tracks on the player

In addition to the personal media player, a Map guide is provided in addition to a pair of new in ear headphones, which are included for the customer to keep although you are welcome to use your own headphones if you wish.

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