York Visitor information


An Introduction to York

York remains one of the great attractions of the North due to its historic importance throughout the ages and is often seen as the Norht's key city. York is Renowned for its exquisite architecture, cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster.

Attractions in York

The city houses several museums including the National Railway Museumand the Jorvik Viking Centre. Lesser known attractions include Barley Hall, Fairfax House, and the Treasurer's House. You can also enjoy guided walks of the city, boat trips on the River Ouse, and simply wandering through York's winding cobbled streets or seeing the "Shambles", an old street in the heart of the city. 

Getting to York

By Air

Leeds Bradford International Airport is 45 minutes drive from York. There's a regular daily shuttle service to London's Heathrow Airport. Manchester Airport is two hours drive from York. There are frequent direct trains to York from Manchester.

By Coach and Bus

You can travel to York from destinations all around the UK via National Express. Frequent Park & Ride bus services operate into the city centre from sites adjacent to the A64, A19, A1079 and A166. Some of the bus services, such as Arriva and First are from larger companies but the majority of the companies are independent.

By Road

York is served by the A64, A19, A1079 and A166 routes into the city and is situated at least 3 and a half hours from London.

By Rail

York is on the East Coast Main Line. The journey takes less than two hours to get to York from London by rail. Edinburgh is only two and a half hours from York. There are also direct services from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and the South West. York railway station is situated to the west of the city centre, just outside the city walls.