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A Unique Way to see the City

Our guided pub walks provide a unique and fascinating way to discover the city for those visiting York for the first time or for those who want to learn more about the city from a different perspective.

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A typical walk includes around 15 establishments and lasts approx. 2 hours. There are two routes offered. We meet for Route 1 at the junction of College Street and Goodramgate, (nr. the Cross Keys pub).  For route 2 we meet outside the Minster Inn on Marygate.

Following this we venture into the city with its many historic sights, stopping outside the various public houses to hear about their beginnings and the roles they played in the historical events of York.

We can tailor our tours to your requirements and include specific pubs or routes through the city. Get in touch to let us know your needs.

Covid precautions

Due to the pandemic participants are advised to bring face coverings and to maintain social distancing within the parameters of current guidance. Group sizes will be limited to a maximum of 10 (excluding the guide).

Upcoming tours

The next pub tours will take place during the York Residents’ Festival on:

  • Saturday January 29th 3pm – 5pm
  • Sunday January 30th 3pm –  5pm

These tours will follow Route 2 (see below) from Marygate through the city centre to Merchantgate

Booking is preferable but if you are not booked you are advised to ring 07592547326 to check availability

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The tours

Discover a new way to see the city when you join us for an historic pub walk led by our experienced and knowledgeable city guide. Find out about the many and varied public houses on York’s ancient streets and the people and events that have shaped them.


There are two different routes offered:

Route 1 tours start from the junction of College Street and Goodramgate, on the green near the National Trust shop York

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This route finishes at The Black Swan on Peasholme Green


Route 2 tours start on Marygate outside the Minster Inn. The route finishes at The Red Lion on Merchantgate.


An average tour is approx. 2 hours long. 


The tours cost £6pp with all proceeds going to local charity, Keep Your Pet. Payment can be made when booking or at the time of the tour. book here

Our tour guide works on a voluntary basis.

Making a booking

To join one of our next pub walks you should book here

alternatively get in touch via our contact form, or call 07592547326.

If you do not find a date that suits you, we may be able to arrange a convenient time for a tour if you contact


Residents’ Festival 2022 – free tours

There will be route 2 tours available for free during the annual Residents’ festival. These will be on 29th and 30th January 2022 at 3pm. Numbers will be limited to 20 per tour.


Private tours for groups

For work and social events we offer the opportunity for groups of 6 – 10 to book private tours at a mutually convenient time. Make an enquiry now to discuss availability.

Just wanted to say thank you for last night we all really enjoyed and I have received lots of texts from my group this morning saying how interesting it was. York-based social group


Let’s hear it for Leicester-Private Group in September 2021. `Thanks for a great day, we thoroughly enjoyed it!’