Key locations: York City Walls, York’s railway stations, York Museum Gardens, Treasurer’s House and York Minster.
On the York Air Walk, we’ll discover whose smoke and mirrors turned green and airy York into a railway powerhouse, which light Misses Hopwood and Harrison put their faith in, and which son of York was allowed to gas Queen Victoria. An aerial tour of the city that takes in sights, smells and sounds, the York Air Walk also tells you how to forecast the weather, photograph the Moon, and glaze the heavens.
We begin the walk at Micklegate Bar, taking the air along the mediaeval City Walls for a unique view of York’s railway and medical history. We float around North Street and the fragrant delights of York Museum Gardens, before hopping back on the walls to turn our binoculars on peregrines and our telescopes on demon stars, then gaze in wonder at the great east window of York Minster. In the York Air Walk, the sky’s the limit!
The York Air Walk takes place on Mondays at 10am in July and August (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th July; 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August). The walk lasts around 2 hours. Price: £8 for adults, £4 for children aged 11 and over, free for under-11s.
Meeting location: inside Micklegate Bar, outside 129 Micklegate.
Address: 129, Micklegate, York, YO1 6LB.
Grid reference: SE 5976 5148.
Latitude / Longitude (decimal): 53.955933, -1.0907746.
Latitude / Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds): 53°57′21″N, 001°05′27″W.
Please note: step-free/wheelchair access is not available on this walk, and due to limited capacity on York City Walls, the York Air Walk is strictly limited to 15 people per tour.