The exterior of the Golden Lion

A Unique Way to see the City

Upcoming tours

The next pub tours will take place on:

  • Saturday April 9th 3pm – 5pm
  • Friday April 15th 3pm – 5pm
  • Monday April 18th 3pm – 5pm

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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 hear an alternative history of the city. The historic pub walks are led by an 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.

A typical walk covers the history of 12-15 historic pubs and lasts approx. 2 hours, with an option of a refreshment break.  We meet at the junction of College Street and Goodramgate, (nr. the Cross Keys pub).  View a map 

Following a brief introduction 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 social life of York.

This route finishes at The Black Swan on Peasholme Green.

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

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An average tour is approx. 2 hours long with an optional refreshment break. 


Walks are free to join. Participants who enjoyed the tour & wish to donate to a local charity scheme
supported by the guide and run by Age UK York, (Keep Your Pet) , will be informed how they can do so.

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

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Frequently asked question: “Do we stop in a pub’

Answer: ” All tour groups are offered a refreshment break’ Where we can stop will depend on how busy the city pubs are.


Other routes are available

If you want to book a private tour for a group of 6 or more, 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.

A standard second route available is where we meet outside the Minster Inn on Marygate (YO30 7BH) and finish at the Red Lion on Merchantgate.


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 15 excluding the guide).



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!’