The city walls are also referred to as York Bar Walls, and York boasts the longest intact walls in the country. It is not at all right to call them Roman walls as this is not actually correct. Granted, they were originally constructed by the Romans, but the Danes rebuilt much of them at a time when the defences were not quite so formidable due to poor repair. However, even though the Danes conquest destroyed most of the towers, they preserved the Multangular tower.
The Danes occupied the City of York, or Eboracum as it was known during Roman times, and rebuilt the walls. The walls we see today encircled much of the medieval city between the 12th and 14th centuries. You will notice along Lord Mayor’s Walk there is a section of the wall in which you can still recognise the moat at the foot of the structure. Moat’s were not as charming as you might imagine as they were full of rotting waste and the water was far from pleasant.
Down a narrow drive alongside Kings Manor you will find a short path up the bank to the Multangular Tower. This legionary fortress served as one of the two corner towers and was probably constructed in 200AD. It was part of the huge stone wall that looked down into the River Ouse at the bottom of the Museum Gardens. It was designed in such a way to defend against enemies attacking the wall itself.