Fishergate Postern Tower
Fishergate Postern Tower
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Paul M
Hitchin, England, United Kingdom117 contributions
Jul 2022
We happened to be in York on 2nd July one of the dates when the Fisher gate tower is open to the public. It is manned by the York Walls Trust on certain weekends. The two volunteer staff on the day we were there ( an overseas student outside and an older man who led the tour on the inside of the tower) and both were excellent. I have walked the York walls many times but have never been in the Tower before. It has been rennovated in recent years and now holds an exhibition over 3 levels. Be warned the stairs are very narrow and the levels can only be accessed by this means. There is a manual system to prevent viistors passing on the stairs.

The museum was informative and the exhibitions facilitated by the self guide cards were well worth the visit. A rare York gem in a city so well provided with historic masterpieces.
Written July 17, 2022
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,007 contributions
Oct 2022
We visited Fishergate Postern Tower during our walk around the city walls of York, the tower would have loomed over the walls and given defenders an elevated defensive position should the adjacent sections of wall become occupied by attackers. The tower did not appear to be open on the day of our visit (Sunday in September), but there is are some information boards at street level to read. It is possible to join the city wall walk here in the anticlockwise direction only, there being no section of walkable wall between here and Baile Hill.
An information board is available here with text and pictures and this is also supplied with a QR code which you can scan with your smart phone for additional information.
Written October 16, 2022
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia11,693 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
This tower is relatively new, only ~500 years old!
I was fortunate to visit when it was opened by Volunteers. They were very helpful and enriched the experience.
Steep Stairs are Wholely carved from a 6 foot wall.
Good exhibits within.
Highly recommended
Written March 18, 2023
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Martin H
York, UK15 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
This tower is over 500 years old, and me and my girlfriend had a great half hour in there. The volunteers are really enthusiastic, and come from the local charity Friends of York Walls (www.yorkwalls.org.uk) We read about the opening on a local website but have found that all the upcoming open days are on their web page. Don't miss the medieval loo on the first floor, or the top floor with its views and historic maps. It's free to enter but should you have a spare pound or two, there are a selection of cards, books and maps to buy on the ground floor.
Written July 29, 2015
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Christopher R
3 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
I was walking the walls around the city of York and found that this masonry tower was open for visitors. Some very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers showed me up the spiral staircase to see the unspoilt rooms where the watchman and his family lived.
We puzzled over the sockets in the walls and some children were giggling at the garderobe (toilet) hidden in a corner room,
The final delight was seeing the strangely built timber roof and learning how it wasn't built with the tower, but added sometime during its first 100 years.
This is a delightful and interesting place to visit and I'll be sure to bring my friends when they visit York.
Written July 28, 2015
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HappyWanderer845
Leeds, UK1 contribution
Jul 2015 • Friends
Having walked the city walls it was interesting to find Fishergate Postern Tower open and manned by volunteers. What a gem to find! Four floors with lots of information and knowledgeable people on hand. This is a newly opened part of the city walls and well worth a visit. To find out when the tower is open you need to look on The Friends of York Walls web site as it is only open selected dates.
Written July 28, 2015
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Ruthsad
Runcorn, UK282 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Visited on Residents week end when all attractions are free to Residents. Expected it to be heaving but it was so well organised you barely noticed.
One of several Bar Towers in the walls of York and stands on three floors.
Whilst quite small with a very narrow winding staircase; it is not for the skittish or claustrophobic!
The top floor has an interesting history of both York and the Tower with views are well worth the climb. The messonine floor has an ancient gardarobe (toilet) that appears to empty onto the street..... Look out below.... With more historical information and the ground floor introduces you to the Tower. Friendly volunteers helped by shouting, 'coming up, or down' whichever was appropriate for the stairwell but waiting times could be long I'm sure on very busy days or if people are less than fit.
Donations are requested and welcomed for this great historical vestage from the ancient and Dark Ages.
Written January 31, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK614,670 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Fishergate Postern Tower is a superb Grade I listed rectangular tower that is one of several towers ( Bars ) you will find dotted around the city.
Part of the fortifications and famous York walls ,this tower makes for some great photographic opportunities .
The tower is open to the public but opening hours are sporadic, set over three floors with volunteers, possibly The friends Of York group helping out, it's an interesting tower to visit but even if you can't gain entry it's still a great tower to visit.
Easy to locate on Piccadilly and well worth checking out.
Written July 27, 2018
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Sally W
Montrose, UK383 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
Only open on a few days of the year it is still worth seeing this tower, built to guard the entrance to the city here
Written May 12, 2018
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thetravelerpenguin
Winchester, VA127 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is just a single tower part of the city wall, on this one there is not much to see just the tower and the structure that represent the historic icon and part of the defense of they city.
Written April 23, 2018
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