Tours of York

York is the jewel in the crown of any visit to Yorkshire.  Within the walls of this small city are over 2,000 years of history and whatever your starting point we really enjoy helping you to animate it.

As part of my training to become a Blue Badge Guide I was fortunate enough to become an accredited guide to the Minster. I have grown to love it, not just as a place to visit, but as a living and working Church that can find its way back to the Roman Legions who first brought Christianity with them on the soles of their sandals.

York offers so much to any visitor, there are so many stories and so many starting points.

For those of you who are new to York, we can offer you…

Walking tours of York

These will give you a flavour of what we can offer, but essentially, we will work with you to provide the best tour for you.

An overview of the City and its history

This is a gentle stroll within the City walls that explores York’s History from the Romans, Vikings, Medieval Guilds to the story of the Rowntree Family, the Quaker confectioners and social reformers.  Our route will take in the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, the Shambles, Clifford’s Tower, The Minster and the snickleways, bars and streets in between.

A great tour of York Minster

Whenever I take visitors into the Minster I love to watch their faces as they gaze at the lofty, light and majestic interior.  It is a true symphony of stone and glass.  Constantine, King Edwin and more lately the children’s television programme ‘Blue Peter’ have all played their part in the story of this Cathedral.  If we are lucky there may even be a pop up café to provide us with a cup of tea on our journey.

History Tours of York

For those of you who love a more detailed exploration of history we can offer

Tudor and Elizabethan history

York is a great place to discover the intrigues and dramas of Tudor History.  Henry VIII stayed in the King’s Manor on his Great Procession and there are stories here. Stories of Catherine Howard and Thomas Culpepper. But the City itself allows us to explore the reformation, the renaissance and the establishment of the Church of England and all this meant to the people of the times. This is a lively tour of Tudor History with never a dull moment.

The medieval guilds and a visit to the Merchant Adventure’s Hall

York provides the perfect backdrop for a walk to explore the history of the Medieval Guilds. These were such an important part of local and international trade and we are so fortunate to have the Merchant Adventure’s hall in York. This 14th century building allows us to explore the three key elements of business, religion and good deeds that provide the foundation to any medieval guild.

These are walks for enjoyment and our guides have a light touch with words and a great sense of what is on in the City, what to see and where to eat.

For details of costs and availability please give Johnnie a call on 07749 108 105, or email him on

Education groups visiting York

We love working with schools, colleges and universities of all ages.  Please follow this link to our Education Section.

For those visiting York for the day

York is such an easy place to visit from Edinburgh, or from London. There are great train connections and we can meet you off your train and introduce you to the delights of the City.  We will help plan your day to make sure that it meets your needs and give you plenty of time to find quiet moments before getting you back to the station in time for your train back.

Please just give Johnnie a call on 07749 108 015, or email him at