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York walls to reopen with a temporary one way system

City of York Council is reopening its world famous city walls from Saturday July 4, with a temporary one-way system in place to enable social distancing and keep people safe.

The one way system will run clockwise, with clear signage being placed at all entry and exit points to ensure visitors can easily identify where they can access the walls safely.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said: “York’s city walls are the most complete and finest in England, making them one of our most treasured historical assets. We’re delighted to be able to reopen them again to resident and visitors.

“The original walls were built by the Roman’s in 71AD, and they didn’t have social distancing in mind back then! But we can all enjoy the beauty of the walls once again safely by following the new one-way system we have put in place.

“It will feel a little strange, but we are all looking forward to welcoming people back as we continue to adapt to the changes in national guidance.”

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “York’s city walls stretch over 2 miles and provide the perfect opportunity to walk and see parts of the city which you wouldn’t normally see.

“Over a million people take a walk through 1,900 years of history on the walls every year and we hope residents and visitors will continue to enjoy them again as we reopen in July.”

The council is advising residents and visitors to continue to stay 2m apart as much as possible, where this isn’t possible the 1m+ advice should be followed with people wearing face coverings. The government advice is:

–         Social distancing – 2m is best

–         Where you can’t stay two metres away face covering are important in slowing the spread

–         Catch it, bin it, kill it

–         Wash your hands

The city walls are open every day from 8am to dusk. More information can be found at