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**MAJOR CHANGE TO CITY CENTRE TRAVEL BY CAR** York's already significant traffic problems have been greatly exacerbated by the decision of York's Labour Party run Council to CLOSE LENDAL BRIDGE, a main thoroughfare for 6 months from 27th August 2013 between the hours of 10.30am and 5pm & DAYS PER WEEK. This was despite huge public protest. Be prepared for queues in York when coming by car. Getting into the city centre from the ring road can be painfully slow - 20 minutes to go 2 miles at peak times
Explore by foot
York's city centre is very compact and can be crossed on foot within 15 minutes. It is one of the largest pedestrianised city centres in Europe. Most of the major streets in the very centre of York are closed to all traffic from 10am - 5.30pm with deliveries allowed before and after those times. Cars with a blue (disabled) badge are allowed at any time. All of York's attractions are easily reached on foot, though the National Railway Museum, on the fringe of the city centre, operates a road train to link it with York Minster.
Arrive by public transport
Some hotels and guest houses are situated just a little too far from the city centre to comfortably walk, but few are far from a local bus route. Parking in the centre of York can be both difficult and expensive, so leave the car behind as often as you can! York has a good and regular Park and Ride system from numerous locations on the outskirts of the City.
If arriving at the Station, there is a regular bus service which runs from the station through the City Centre and then on to the University of York. For the City Centre alight at Clifford Street or Micklegate/Low Ousegate. (Clifford Street is the best option for Cliffords Tower and the Castle Museum).
If you are going to the University there are two direct bus services from right outside the station - the No.4 and the 'Unibus' No.44. Night services are better on this route than most, which tend to be quite limited or non existent after about 10pm.
If you want to get out to the coast there is a good regular service with blue coloured modern double deck buses run by Yorkshire Coastliner. While the train may be quicker to Scarborough, Coastliner also run services via Malton, Pickering and across the moors to Whitby, calling in at the village of Goathland where the TV series Heartbeat was filmed. Its a good two hour run, but return fare is about £14 with no parking to worry about and stunning scenery from the top deck - watch out for steam trains on the N Yorkshire railway line north of Pickering. If you are a UK pensioner you can even use your bus pass and travel for free (hence can get quite busy in peak times!)
York Bike Park Map - There are bike parks situated all over York - use this map - blue P indicates a bike park.
York is a cycling city, with few hills, some pleasant traffic free riverside cyclepaths and rides out to country places like Benningbrough Hall or shorter rides to the Millennium Bridge and Rowntrees Park. If you are planning to stay in the area for a few days and fancy trying out some cycling, there are a number of places which will hire you a bike: Cycle hire places If you arrive by bike and want somewhere secure to leave your stuff and bike while you see the sights then the Bike Hub next to Lendal Bridge is the place to go. They even have a shower and buggy hire if you need this and will carry out on the spot repairs if you need them.