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Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels in York: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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York, United Kingdom
Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels in York: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours  (approx.)
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You don’t have to join a tour group to discover York. This audio walking tour lets you set the pace and pick up and drop the route when it suits you. Hit all the signatures—York Minster, Stonegate, Mansion House, the Shambles, one of the best-preserved medieval streets in the world—and more. The app works online or offline, including geodata, so you won’t need to waste money on roaming charges.
  • Explore York independently on a 1.5-hour self-guided audio tour
  • Hear the city’s incredible story unfold as you travel from spot to spot
  • Follow along with turn-by-turn directions, that work online as well as off
  • Choose to linger over interesting stops or complete the tour in one hit
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2A Bootham , 2A Bootham, York YO30 7BL, UK

Starts in front of the Art Gallery in Exhibition Square. Before arrival, install the VoiceMap app and use the code provided on your ticket. This is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart any time and complete at your own pace. Directions to the starting point are in the app.

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8/19/2019 - 7/20/2023
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY VoiceMap
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Excellent tour on your phone
, Jul 2022
An excellent way to see York no problems with technology and able to pause and stop for refreshments a real bonus looking forward to similar tours in other city’s
Needs more guided tour style interesting detail/facts and the silences leave you wondering if it’s paused.
, Mar 2022
Good way of walking along paths you might not think it’s ok to go through-a little light on facts though.
Good route, but light on information
, Mar 2022
The tour gave a good route to follow. It allowed us to take in the sights and find things we would otherwise have missed. We felt that the tour was very light on information - delivering it in one go with long periods of silence. Running the tour separately across 5 people’s phones was a little problematic as the voice clips play based on you hitting a specific location - nobody’s phones seemed to agree on this, so the entire group was spread along the street listening at different times, meaning it was hard to speak or discuss anything without interrupting someone. I wouldn’t do it again, but the route was good.
Time-saving trip
, Mar 2022
I could stop by shops I fancied during the audio guide tour. So I saved much time to go back and shop around there.
A great experience
, Feb 2022
The surprise as you turn a corner and see a stunning building. Easy to follow guide and very informative.
Really good, fun audio tour!
, Feb 2022
Great experience, but the only problem was that a couple of paths we needed to walk along were closed due to strong winds so we had to try to find our own way to the next point on the tour. This meant us having to miss a few points. Overall very good though.
Highly recommend!
, Feb 2022
Thoroughly entertaining. Our guide was fantastic. Captivated from start to finish. We highly recommend to anyone visiting York
A fantastic resource and recommended
, Jan 2022
Very easy to follow and gave us a fantastic insight into the history of York. It was thrilling heading down alleys and passages we would never had found otherwise. App worked a treat with no issues.
A lovely memory!
, Jan 2022
Gosh I'm still speechless (except for when I'm raving about the experience to my friends and family which is all the time!!). Honestly a fantastic concept and a stellar execution of it, I was genuinely gutted when it ended. As a solo traveler in York for a few days I wanted to see the city but didn't fancy a proper guide and wanted to do things my own pace! I also love veering off course to go into interesting shops or linger/skip bits based on my interests so I didn't want to inconvenience anyone else on an actual tour. VoiceMap was an amazing companion to have with me, roaming the historical city, cracking jokes and sharing facts. Would incredibly highly recommend!!
Great content. Auto-play by location worked flawlessly
, Jan 2022
Hadn't used VoiceMap before. We love Rick Steves' guides, but he didn't have one for York, so we figured we'd give this one a go. It was fantastic. Content and narration was great. And although at first it felt weird to cede control to the app to automatically play when we were close enough (rather than manually start the segment, as we're more used to with Rick Steves), it worked flawlessly. (You can manually start and stop as well, but we found we didn't need to!) We'll definitely use this again.
Amazing experience
, Dec 2021
It's such a great way to explore the city. You learn a lot and I would even say that this is better than an actual tour guide, because you can go at your own pace.
Wonderfully well worth doing.
, Dec 2021
We discovered places in York we would have never come across without the audio tour. What an amazing time we’ve had exploring the city with informative commentary along the way.
Fab tour
, Nov 2021
We have been to York many times but this tour took us places we had not seen before. We would highly recommend.
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Highly recommended
, Oct 2021
This was very good, highly recommended a good way to gain an insight into the city of York, a few of the routes were closed which was a shame but that was just unfortunate for us, overall an excellent experience
Very enjoyable
, Aug 2021
Being in control of the tour and having the opportunity to listen to it again if needed. Something you can't ask a tour guide to do! Very enjoyable looking forward to using the app again in other cities
Not worthwhile
, Aug 2021
Didnt work properly.stopped working at the minster not worth buying.good idea in principle but not in practise
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We're sorry you didn't get to do the full tour with automatic playback Kate! It looks from our side like you either didn't give the app access to your location, to allow the audio to play automatically while your device's screen was off, or you skipped ahead manually – or possibly both. If you skipped ahead, you'd have seen a note saying this stops automatic playback. Could you let us know which it might have been? We'd also appreciate any extra feedback you can give us about this because reviews of this tour are overwhelmingly positive. Over on VoiceMap, where we also have ratings, the average is 4.6/5 from 75 ratings at the moment. But if we spot something that we can improve to make this easier for the next person, we'll implement it ASAP. Thanks, Iain
, Jul 2021
Very easy and interesting route to follow/ highly recommended!! We followed over two days and split in half- very easy to jump in and out.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Easy to use, full of historical facts
, Jul 2021
The audio tour was easy to use and full of interesting facts. I chose this option so that I could do it at my own pace, and rest when needed. I loved every minute of it and would recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jul 2021
It took us through all historic York and was full of well documented stories. It was fun to play the guide in my group.
A must for all those visiting and wanting to explore the history of York
, May 2021
Brilliant tour. Been to York many times but never knew the history behind certain landmarks and helps unearth some hidden gems that you never knew were there. A must for all those visiting and wanting to explore the history of York.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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