The population of York is around 200,000 and the city welcomes up to 10 million visitors each year making the city one of the most visited places in The UK. It is a city steeped in over 2000 years of history, from the Roman times, to the Anglo Saxon era, on to the Vikings, then medieval times, and more recently Georgian and Victorian.
During school holidays, weekends and festivals, the city is a buzz with activity and people from all over the world, making York a vibrant, diverse destination.
It’s a good idea to book your trip at least 3-4 months in advance so you can enjoy the best of what York has to offer.
Getting to York
York is located just 2 hours by train from London’s Kings Cross Station. Book your train tickets 3 months in advance to get the cheapest prices and try to travel outside of peak times.
There are six park and ride services, allowing you to park in a secure car park and just pay on the bus. This is a great option if you’re driving to York and don’t have parking provided where you’re staying (carparks in the centre are expensive).
Getting around the city
If you’re arriving by train, it’s only a short walk (up to 20 minutes) to all the hotels, self catering properties and bed and breakfasts we feature in this guide. York Station taxis has an office just near the station and you will find taxis waiting outside if you would like to travel by taxi (often wise with heavy luggage).
Local buses, run by First York now thankfully accept debit cards so you can make use of the local bus service to rest those weary feet.
Cycle around York
York is great for cycling too as it’s largely flat You can hire a bike from Cycle Heaven, who has a shop just outside the train station. Most roads have bike lanes so it’s generally pretty safe to cycle.
If you’re looking to hire a car so you can enjoy a day trip from York, there’s a local company located quite close to the train station, Minster Car Hire.Their prices are very competitive and we like to recommend the small, independents.
The gates are bars, the streets are gates and the bars are pubs!
Confused? We’re not surprised!
There are 4 entrances (bars) to the historic centre:Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, Walmgate Bar and Micklegate Bar. The medieval city walls of York are the most complete example of medieval city walls still standing in England today. York’s main ‘streets’ are largely called gates – there’s Micklegate, Fossgate, Walmgate, Gilligate amongst others.
Explore Secret snickelways
Most of York can be explored by foot and this is really the best way to immerse yourself into the city. Venture beyond the tourist areas and you’ll discover secret ‘snickelways’ (narrow passageways through a wall or building) waiting to be explored. We introduce you to some of York’s famous snickelways and ginnels in our walking tour, featured in our 3 days in York, with couples in mind and 3 days in York for groups
The City of York provides free wifi in the centre of the city, at park and ride services, libraries and other community buildings.
1 Museum St, York YO1 7DT, +44 (0)1904 550099
Visit York’s Information Centre is well worth a visit if you want some face to face advice, to purchase a York pass (worth purchasing if you’re planning to visit multiple attractions during your visit) or just browse the excellent information on display. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. It’s ideally located near the Minster on Museum St.
There are quite a few public toilets scattered around the city city. We’ve shared a map as they’re not easy to spot: