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  • Date and time: Saturday 1 June 2024, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Marygate Landing Tower, York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Enjoy a walking tour based around the riverfront of the Ouse as we showcase York’s highlights and illustrate the role of the river in York’s World Heritage Bid.    

In 2023, York was placed on the UK Tentative List of World Heritage Sites as a 2,000-year-old continuously inhabited city.  Designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site would earn international recognition for York’s great history, environment, buildings and archaeology. York’s case for World Heritage status is as the outstanding example of urbanisation in north-western and Northern Europe, initiated by the Romans and developed through successive influences over 2,000 years to the present day.

The guided walking tour will illustrate this narrative.  The route from Scarborough Bridge to Tower Gardens features many of York’s outstanding historic buildings and places - the Guildhall, Yorkshire Museum and its Gardens, Clifford’s Tower, the Minster and parish churches and several great bridges.  Discover how the role of the river impacts on York’s World Heritage Bid, highlighting how the city has, and continues to, successfully assimilate change.

Please note: The route has been designed to avoid steps. It begins at the Marygate Landing Tower and finishes in Tower Gardens.

Suitable for all: Whether you are an adult attending alone or with friends, or a family group with children, this event is for you.

You may also enjoy ‘York: A World Heritage City’, a panel discussion on Tuesday 11 June.

This event is presented by the York World Heritage Steering Group. Find out more about York's bid for World Heritage status.

Photo credit: Ian Tempest

About the speaker

The walk will be led by Ian Tempest, a member of the York World Heritage Steering Group and the Association of Voluntary Guides.  He is a former City of York Council Economic Development and Tourism Officer.

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible