As the UK's top tourist destination, York is a very popular place indeed. If you're making a trip here, you'll be pleased to know there are a number of convenient ways to get into and around the city, whether you are travelling as a tourist, or simply visiting friends and family.
From Roman walls and artefacts to Viking settlements that can be discovered at the famous Jorvik Centre, York's impressive heritage and architecture carry an irresistible appeal. The historic city of York attracts visitors from all over the world, all year round. It is no coincidence that the city is well connected by high speed rail links, with London only two hours away by train.
In the heart of the City
The city centre is full of tourist attractions, the most well known of which is England's largest cathedral, York Minster. Sightseeing buses are popular with tourists and there are frequent stops at places of interest. A trip in a boat along the river towards Bishopthorpe Palace is also highly recommended. Exploring York by foot is made incredibly easy by the compact nature of the city and a pedestrianised city centre, whilst a walk along the Mediaeval city walls is an opportunity not to be missed. For more information on attractions and places to visit, see the Visit York website.
Outside the Walls
Due to its popularity, York's car parks are often full to capacity at peak times, but driving into the city centre isn't your only option. York's excellent Park & Ride service operates from five sites around the edges of the city. You can park for FREE and travel into the city centre on fast, frequent bus services.
If you're visiting friends and family outside the city centre, there are a number of bus routes that depart from around the train station serving the smaller villages outside York and all locations in between.
A Cycle-Friendly City
York is regarded as one of Britain's premier cycling cities with an extensive network of on and off-road cycle routes. There is ample cycle parking provision within the city centre and at most attractions and even valet-style parking available at Bike Rescue. York links via Routes 64 and 65 onto the National Cycle Network (NCN) allowing to you explore the riverside paths, parks and surrounding countryside with ease. For more details visit the Sustrans website.
The city also boasts sightseeing tours by bicycle with bikes and all equipment is provided. Tours run daily and depart from the riverside cycle path on the south side of the river near York City Rowing Club by Lendal Bridge.