Bridges of York Tour (Self Guided), York

York contains nine bridges across the Ouse River and fourteen smaller bridges across the Foss. Take this tour to discover the city’s most beautiful bridges.
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Bridges of York Tour Map

Guide Name: Bridges of York Tour
Guide Location: England » York (See other walking tours in York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: val
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Blue Bridge
  • Skeldergate Bridge
  • Foss Bridge
  • Ouse Bridge
  • Lendal Bridge
  • Scarborough Railway Bridge
Millennium Bridge

1) Millennium Bridge

The Millenium Bridge was commissioned in 2001 with a formal ceremony. It is located in the south of York and links Hospital Fields Road in Fulford with Butcher Terrace on the South Bank. The bridge has a cycle path and footpath, and no pass for vehicular traffic. It is York’s number one attraction and has a wonderful view of the Ouse River.
Blue Bridge

2) Blue Bridge

The Blue Bridge is located where the Ouse and Foss rivers meet. The original bridge on this site was built in 1738. The present bridge was built in 1895. Two Russian cannons, trophies of the Crimean War, once stood at each end of the bridge, but have since been removed.
Skeldergate Bridge

3) Skeldergate Bridge

The Skeldergate Bridge connects York Castle on one bank to the old bailey at Baile Hill on the other. It is York’s second bridge of the Victorian era. It was built in 1880 by George Gordon Page and initially served as a toll bridge. On April 1, 1914 the toll system was abolished. It also served as a drawbridge until 1975.
Foss Bridge

4) Foss Bridge

The original wooden bridge over the Foss had a fish market on it. The present bridge, designed by Peter Atkinson, opened to the public in 1812. The Foss Bridge, which connects Fossgate and Walmgate streets, is famous for its Georgian grindstone arch with balusters. This unique feature is not found in any other bridge in York.
Ouse Bridge

5) Ouse Bridge

The first bridge over the Ouse was built by the Romans and was replaced with a wooden one by the Vikings. In 1154, when people had gathered to honor St. William of York, the bridge collapsed, killing many attendees. It was rebuilt in stone, but winter floods of 1565 damaged the bridge. It was repaired and a central arch spanning 81 feet was added. The present bridge was constructed in 1821.
Lendal Bridge

6) Lendal Bridge

The Lendal Bridge, a beautiful iron bridge designed by Thomas Page, connects Station Road to Museum Street. It was constructed in 1863 and is the earliest bridge erected in York during the Victorian era. It features two Gothic towers on each end: the Barker Tower on the west and the Lendal Tower on the east. When York had become more industrialized, the ferry service across the Ouse couldn't manage the increasing stream of passengers and the Lendal Bridge was built to satisfy public needs.
Scarborough Railway Bridge

7) Scarborough Railway Bridge

Scarborough Railway Bridge, built in 1845, was the second of the present bridges crossing the Ouse River. It carries the railway line between York and Scarborough. Initially it had a pedestrian path between the tracks. In 1875, the track was raised 1.2 meters and the path was moved to the south side, where it can be found today.

Walking Tours in York, England

Create Your Own Walk in York

Create Your Own Walk in York

Creating your own self-guided walk in York is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
York Gift Shops Tour

York Gift Shops Tour

Start this tour with Woodcarvers of the Shambles and visit Mulberry Hall to see its exclusive collection of fine china, crystal, cutlery and cookware. Drop in at Bettys Café Tea Rooms and try the famous Yorkshire tea. Be sure to see Christmas Angels, the York Minster Shop and other great shops in this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
York Introduction Walk

York Introduction Walk

Established by the Romans as early as the 1st century AD, the walled city of York breathes history. York Minster, the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, Jórvík Viking Centre, and the National Railway Museum carry much legacy of the city's turbulent past, while the Stonegate street reveals York the way it is today. Follow this orientation walk to explore York in its variety.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
York's Old Town

York's Old Town

Start your tour of York’s Old Town at the Museum Gardens. Walk along Shambles, a medieval street and see its narrow houses, pavements and its famous Snickelways. Climb the spiral staircase of Clifford's Tower for a great view of the town. Take this tour to experience the history of this very old city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
York's Haunted Houses Tour

York's Haunted Houses Tour

Undoubtedly, York is the most haunted city in the UK. Meet phantoms of Roman soldiers at the Treasurer’s House. Drop in at the York Arms to see the nun's ghost looking for her baby. Solve the mystery of the vanishing ballet slippers at Thomas's Hotel. At Yorkshire Terrier, discover the ghost of the old gentleman who is watching for burglars. And finally, enjoy the art of intimidation...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
York's Historical Architecture

York's Historical Architecture

With stunning architectural sites such as the Crown Court, the Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Thomas Atkinson's House, St. William's College, the Treasurer's House and the King's Manor, this city has much to offer. Take the following tour to discover York’s vast array of medieval and neoclassical buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Start your tour of York’s museums at York Castle. See Kirkgate and enjoy the elegance of the Fairfax House. Be a guest in a Viking village and be sure to stop at the Yorkshire Museum to see its Roman and medieval exhibitions. Discover the city's recent history at the National Railway Museum, the largest railway museum in the world. Take this tour to become acquainted with York’s colorful...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles