Travel in York
|| York is a city
that is brimming with interesting things to see, so
to make the most of your trip to York, walking is probably
the best way to get around.
Walking is often the preferred option
for tourists and locals as it is the best way to get
to grips with the city’s historic layout. You
can choose to go it alone and explore the city’s
nooks and back streets, or you can opt for one of the
many walking tours on offer. You can
also walk along the Roman city walls,
however for those who are used to exploring historic
cities it is worth remembering that not all streets
that end in “gate” are part of the York
walls, you should look for names that end in ‘bar’
for example Micklegate Bar or Lendal Bar as these are
where the city gates (and walls) can be found.
If a whole day of walking doesn’t really appeal
then you can use the local public transport to
get around. The local buses are run by First York and are run along different coloured routes. There is
no central bus station in York but most bus routes pass York Station and nearby Rougier Street [map],
both of which are not too far from the main historic part
of York, so if you are unsure head for the bus stops near
York Station. However bus timetables and maps can be found
on the First
York is also the perfect city for cyclists.
You could take a slow ride along the river or follow
the designated cycle paths around the city centre. With
more congestion cycling is the perfect alternative to
sitting in a stuffy car on a sunny day.
There’s a range of cycle parking in the city centre
to encourage you to get on two wheels and if you fancy
hiring a bike to explore the city centre and surrounding
countryside a number of shops hire cycles. Bob Trotter [map],
Lord Mayor’s Walk, close to York St John College
and York Cycleworks [map], Lawrence Street, both offer
quality daily hire cycles for reasonable prices and you
can be sure that you won’t end up lumbered with
the bike with buckled wheels and a squeaky breaks.
For more information about how York continues to help
City of York Cycling Officer - (01904) 613161
York Cycle Campaign - (01904) 626664
And if you’d rather use four wheels instead of
two you could try using one of the city’s car
parks, but these are often quite expensive and very
full. A preferable option may be to use one of the five
Park and Ride options, which allow you to park
near York for free and take the bus into the city centre.
For more information on York’s Park and Ride scheme
go the York
City Council website.