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The York Tour Guide

Location: The York Tour Guide, c/o Visit York, 21 Parliament Street, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8SG
07939 643050 Call Us
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About Us


York is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the country. With the splendour of York Minster, the fascinating history of Clifford’s Tower, 14th century narrow streets and snickelways, the medieval city walls, vibrant restaurants and tea rooms, traditional old English pubs and independent shops, from Roman times to present day ... there is so much to enjoy.


Former police officers in York for over 30 years, Howard Smelt-Webb and his team would like to share their passion and local knowledge of this magical city with you. Join them ‘ on the beat ‘ and discover York’s historic landmarks and hidden gems. Following on from their police careers, they have studied the history and archaeology of York at the local university and can offer you a truly unique tour experience.


Bespoke private walking tours are normally between 2-3 hours. A discreet and exclusive service - totally flexible and tailored to personal requirements. We also offer driver guided tours of Yorkshire through our parent company, The Yorkshire Tour Guide.


Please contact Howard for further information :

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‘ We did a walking tour of York with Howard. He is a former policeman so not only does he know the city’s architecture and history very well, but he also knows contemporary York, the people and the culture. He is full of wonderful stories. It was a very well rounded tour - full of history and interesting facts, where he even showed us pictures of how certain highlights used to look like. Overall, Howard was simply fantastic - very engaging and funny. The tour lasted about 3 hours but it went very fast. It was easy to remember so many facts with the way he narrated the events and even told us some personal stories about some of the buildings. I can’t recommend this tour enough ‘

Walking Tour - TripAdvisor

‘ Dear Howard. It was an absolute pleasure to meet with you yesterday. We really enjoyed your guided tour of the beautiful city of York. It was a very professional and informative few hours and we also very much enjoyed your company ‘

Walking Tour - guests staying at The Grand Hotel, York

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