Pubs of York Tour, York (Self Guided)

York Brewery has produced award-winning beers. In 2002, Centurion's Ghost Ale was the winner of the Brewing Industry International Awards. Its other year round beers are Yorkshire Terrier, Guzler, Constantine, as well as several marvelous seasonal beers. Take this tour to discover York’s finest pubs, where you can enjoy any one of these beers.
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Pubs of York Tour Map

Guide Name: Pubs 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: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: val
Black Swan Inn

1) Black Swan Inn

The Black Swan Inn is located in a medieval timber-framed house built in 1417. Just step inside and you will understand why it is considered York’s most authentic pub. Its 17th century interior includes giant fireplaces, massive staircases, roasting pits and slanted windows. It is a great atmosphere to enjoy an authentic York beer.
Last Drop Inn

2) Last Drop Inn

The Last Drop Inn offers a wide variety of York’s finest brews. Try all four of York’s year round ales, including the famous Yorkshire Terrier, which won the bronze medal in the Champion Beer of Britain competition in 2009. Enjoy York's seasonal ales as well. Sitting in the historic Last Drop Inn gives the feeling that time has stood still.
Punch Bowl

3) Punch Bowl

The Punch Bowl, a pub in Stonegate, is crowded with ghosts! The former owner of the pub who lost his life in a fire walks up and down the area where the cellar steps used to be. The grey ghost of a woman who met a tragic fate haunts the bar. Legend has it that she committed suicide after learning that her lover had been unfaithful. The Punch Bowl is also thought to be haunted by ghosts from its incarnation as a a brothel. A barmaid, who was beaten to death in the 16th century, is thought to be wandering the building to this day.
Yorkshire Terrier

4) Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier, a pub opened in 2004, has its own ghost story. The ghost of a little girl is thought to haunt the cellar of the pub. It is believed that she was the daughter of a prostitute from the Punch Bowl, located across the road. This building, like many others in Stonegate, is very old. The author of "Tristam Shandy," Laurence Sterne, stayed here in the mid 1700s. Locals told him a story about the previous resident, an old man who used to bang on the wall after the Minster bells were tolled at midnight in order to scare away burglars. Even after his death, his ghost continues this ritual.
The Three Legged Mare

5) The Three Legged Mare

The Three Legged Mare, opened in 2001, is one of three pubs in the city owned by York Brewery. Its name is taken from the traditional three man hanging gallows. A replica of this device is displayed in its beer garden. Nine ales and a wide range of excellent bitters are featured here. Wonkey Donkey is the pub's exclusive brew. The award-winning Centurion's Ghost Ale, York’s strongest beer, is available here as well. It is named after the legend of the Treasurer's House, where the plumber saw phantoms of marching troops. On Sundays, the Three Legged Mare features live acoustic blues guitar performances by Dave Smith.

6) Maltings

Located at the foot of Lendal Bridge, Maltings is a former Yorkshire Pub of the Year. It continues to live up to this reputation by providing great beer and excellent service. Choose from its York ales and traditional ciders. Be sure to try the distinguished Black Sheep Bitter, an exclusive house specialty. You can also choose from its rotating selection of six “guest beers.”

7) Ackhorne

Located on one of the quietest side roads in York, the Ackhorne is perfect place to enjoy a pint or two of authentic Yorkshire beer with a close friend in a traditional English pub setting.

Walking Tours in York, England

Create Your Own Walk in York

Create Your Own Walk in York

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York City Wall Tour

York City Wall Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Travel Distance: 4.3 km
York Gift Shops Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Stonegate Tour, York

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.1 km
Medieval Churches of York Tour I

Medieval Churches of York Tour I

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Museums of York Tour

Museums of York Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in York for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best York has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as York, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.