Fishergate Postern Tower is a Grade I-listed, 4 storey Tudor tower, made of the same magnesian limestone as York Minster.
It defends York's only surviving postern gate at the end of a quiet length of public path along the top of the City's medieval defensive Walls.
This early Tudor tower still uses its original narrow spiral staircase and the second-hand roof beams which, in late Tudor times, turned battlements and a fighting platform into a room with windows in all four walls. The unspoilt tower has what is probably York's most complete garderobe, numerous masons' marks and many other signs of its past. The displays on the different floors explain the history of the tower and the longer history of York's celebrated City Walls.
Volunteers from the charity Friends of York Walls open the tower to the public on about 20 days a year (details on the FoYW website) but private openings can be arranged for a donation.
How to get here
Nearest train station: York
Distance from train station: 1.5 km
Directions from train station: 10:00 to 16:00 on variable dates, subject to volunteer numbers. (The list of 2019 open days will be confirmed next month.)
Address: Junction of Piccadilly and Lead Mill Lane, York
10:00 to 16:00 on variable dates, subject to volunteer numbers. (The list of 2019 open days will be confirmed next month.)
Unfortunately there is no disabled access to the upper floors. The ground floor is accessible.