WHITE Rose walking tours start outside the Minster in peak season, twice a day; 11:00 and 15:00 (but please check availability on day). The trip is advertised as Free, and to the credit of the tour host, David, it was explained that it is free to join the tour, but a gratuity was encouraged at the end. David appeared to be a voluntary guide loosely 'working' for the tour company.
As for the tour, David is a natural raconteur, who admitted his love of history and fascination to take people around a city he loved. He started by the magnificent Minster, where we then walked a section of the wall, down the major side streets and byways, standing outside YORK buildings with historical interest. WE covered a lot of ground over the next three hours (we were on the 11:00 tour), and finished up near the York Castle museum. The tour is advertised as two hours, but David was in a flow and was genuinely enjoying the group, so asked if we wanted more, which we did! He didn't stop talking and walking for three hours!!
At end, you give as much as you think the tour was worth, which seemed to be £5-20 a person. But this is purely a guide and its down to your own discretion / generosity to 'tip' with no pressure.... you can of course, leave the tour at any stage, as some couples with children did.
In summary, it's a good way to see the city and get some stories which brings the place to life... and after the tour, we revisited places that caught our interest and imagination that we had seen on the walk. great value.