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Visiting York

Visiting York

Visiting york

As the UK's top tourist destination, York is a very popular place indeed, attracting visitors from all over the world, all year round. 

If you're making a trip here, you'll be pleased to know there are lots of travel options for getting into and around the city. To plan your travel route to York from anywhere in the UK, and for help getting around York while you're here, see our Journey Planning Page.

In the heart of the city

Exploring York by foot is made easy by the compact nature of the city, with its pedestrianised central area. A walk along the Mediæval city walls is an opportunity not to be missed. The city centre is full of tourist attractions, including 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. For more information on attractions and places to visit, see the Visit York website.

Getting around the city

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, so why not bring your bike with you or hire one during your stay?

There is ample cycle parking provision throughout the city centre and at most attractions - including secure cycle parking available at York Station

York links into the Sustrans National Cycle Network (NCN) via Cycle Routes 64 and 65, allowing to you explore the riverside paths, parks and surrounding countryside - and beyond - with ease. Bikes can be hired from several providers and sightseeing tours by bicycle are also available. For some great ideas, download our series of eight Easy Cycle Rides for Leisure for you and your family to enjoy whilst in York.

Driving and public transport options

Due to its popularity, York's city centre car parks are often full to capacity at peak times and driving into the city isn't recommended. York's excellent Park & Ride service provides a stress-free alternative. Operating from six sites close to the city's outer ring road, you can park for free and then travel into the city centre on fast, frequent bus services.

York also has an extensive bus network. To make the most of your trip why not purchase an All York ticket? This offers unlimited travel on any bus in the York area. York's premier shopping destinations can all be reached by bus or Park & Ride services. And if you're visiting friends and family outside the city centre, there are numerous frequent bus routes that depart from York's city centre interchanges.