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What is the City Walls Experience?

Start your city walls experience here

The City Walls Experience is ran by the team behind the award winning JORVIK Viking Centre. Across three floors of this important gateway into the city of York discover more about these historic walls that surround the city. 

Housed within the gatehouse of Micklegate Bar the experience lets you discover how York came to be the walled city it is today. Learn how they have changed since they were first built by the Romans when it was at first called Eboracum.


We are closed for the Winter season.

Re-opening 11th February 2023 – 29th October  2023

 A central map that can be found on the top floor of Micklegate Bar highlights features from different periods. Some of these are still visible to this day while others have been lost to time. 

Historically the main entrance to the city for anyone arriving from the south. Visitors can learn about some of the historical figures who also have links to Micklegate Bar including some royals. To this day Royals who visit the city do so through this gate (with permission from the Lord Mayor). Video presentations bring the stories to life of royalty, soldiers and even a policeman who took up residence!