are welcome to use the "Ask Us!" button above to get a personal answer
to your question about York. I'll try to help you if I know the answer
(and if you ask nicely!). But before you click on that button, have
a look down the list of "Frequently Asked Questions" below
to see if the answer to your question is there.
it is, and you've used the "Ask Us" form to send a question, the chances
are that I might not bother to reply. Sorry, but this is a voluntary
and part-time website. I'll be a little more tolerant if you are
outside Yorkshire, but hey, I've had York residents emailing me saying "How
to I get to XYZ Street?". Buy a street map!
So, here's the Frequently
Asked Questions, culled from the thousands that have been put
to me over the past few years. Some of the questions I'll answer
with a link to another website (these will open in a new window
in your browser) and others I'll answer with a few words of advice.
you find what you want? If not, click
here to go to our "Ask About York" page, where
you'll be able to ask your question - and hopefully, I'll be able
to answer it.
you did find what you want, please take just 30 seconds to
give me some feedback on the quality of the information:
want to find out about my ancestors who lived in York or Yorkshire.
There is a York & District Family History Society. They have
a website at:
charge a small fee for answering enquiries.
arriving at York rail station. How do I get to XYZ?
There's a taxi rank outside the station, and most places in the
York City limits are only 10 to 15 minutes away. It will probably
cost you no more than £5
to £10 to get to your destination. There's also a bus stop outside the
station. If you can ever figure out the routes, this will work out cheaper
than a taxi. Most buses in York are operated by First Bus, and they have their
routes and timetables online at http://www.firstyork.co.uk/
If you want street maps of York, we've got one of the centre, here on this
site here. One good online source of street maps
for York - and anywhere in the UK - is:
do I get to XYZ Street?
If it's in the centre of York, we have a street map here.
But if you want to zoom down to a street anywhere in the UK, use Multimap: http://uk.multimap.com.
Another useful resource is: http://www.streetmap.co.uk which,
again, covers the whole of the UK. You can search by town / street or by postcode
on these websites.
arriving in the UK at XYZ airport. What's the best way to get to
People arriving in the UK and heading for York usually arrive at one of the
following airports (website links are about travel to / from the airport):
Heathrow: There's a lot of travel info on http://www.heathrowairport.com/,
including a journey planner.
Gatwick: Check out http://www.gatwick-airport-guide.co.uk/
Basically, from any of the London airports, you need to get yourself to the
London Kings Cross rail station, where there's an hourly (more or less) service,
with a journey time of around 2 hours.
Manchester: There's full info on http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/ There's a good rail service direct from Manchester Airport to York.
used it many times. It's good.
Leeds / Bradford: Despite it being the nearest airport to
York, transport to York is not easy. You have two options: (1) Get
a taxi - costs about £20 - £25 or (2) Hopping on a coach
shuttle to Leeds Rail Station and taking the half hour train ride
to York. More details available at http://www.lbia.co.uk/
can I get married in York?
With the changes in the law that allow many venues to be licensed for the Wedding
Ceremony, there's a lot of choices in York. Here's where you find them:
organising a stag night / hen party in York. Where should I take
the guys / gals?
No shortage of watering holes in York! For your basic boozy night
out, the "Micklegate
Run" is popular (although a little passe now). Daniel Jackson has a page
devoted to York's 158 pubs (he counted 'em!) at http://www.danieljackson.co.uk/pubs/,
with a section devoted to the infamous "Run" - a pub-infested area
of York where you are supposed to get at least one drink down your throat in
all of the pubs. If clubbing is more your scene (not mine!), check out the
reviews at: http://www.thisisyork.co.uk/whatson/
you recommend an hotel / B&B / camp site / hostel in York?
No way! I live in York, so I have never stayed in anything other than my own
Edwardian house. How can I recommend anything I've not experienced? But the
best site to give you what you want is the York RoomCheck service:
there ghosts in York? Can I go on a ghost walk?
You bet there are ghosts in York. And there's loads of people wanting to show
them to you. They compete like mad! Here's some of the best:
You can even go on a river boat trip to see them: http://www.yorkboat.co.uk/ And
you can book online. Spooky!
want to keep in touch. Where are the Internet cafes in York?
The Gateway Internet Cafe, 26 Swinegate, York - tel: 01904 646446
You can also get a list of UK Internet Cafes at http://www.world66.com/netcafeguide
moving to York and need somewhere to rent / buy. Are there any
online estate agents?
There are an increasing number of places on the Web where you can find property
to buy or rent.
One specific site I recommend is http://www.fish4homes.co.uk Most
estate agents have a website, and the easiest way to find local estate agents
in York is through http://www.yell.com
there any schools in York that teach English to overseas visitors?
Two that I know of:
are the York Mystery Plays? When will they be held?
All the info you need is here... http://www.yorkmysteryplays.org/.
There's also a York Early Music Festival - details are at: http://www.ncem.co.uk/yemf.shtml
is the next horse race meeting in York?
To get the info straight from the horse's mouth, pop along to:
a good place to eat out in York?
There's no shortage of place, whatever cuisine you fancy. Here's a few good
online restaurant guides which cover the UK:
is the address (or telephone number or postcode) of X?
There's a very good online directory enquiries service run by BT. Access it
You can search for either a person or a business - anywhere in the UK
you need a postcode, or a full address, use the Royal Mail's look-up
will accept a partial address (e.g. a business name and a town /
city. Unfortunately, you have to register (free) to use this service.
facilities are there in York for disabled people?
You can find details of access to all York attractions for people who have
I would like
some printed information about York sending to me
We do not send out any printed materials, but we know a man who can!
For tourist information,
you need to contact the York Tourist Information Offices at:
- De Grey Rooms,
Exhibition Square York Tel: 01904 621756 Fax: 01904 625618
- Railway Station,
York Tel: 01904 621756 Fax: 01904 625618
- 20 George Hudson
Street, York YO1 6WR Tel: 01904 554455 Fax: 01904 554460
For business information,
visit: http://www.york-england.com/ This
is York's Inward Investment website. For local York businesses, you'll
find useful info on http://www.york.gov.uk/working/index.html
for a job in York. Can you help me?
I can't help you
directly, but there are plenty of online resources. Here's three
that I recommend:
for jobs in York's tourist industry
a Yorkshire jobs site
a national jobs site
What is the
population of York?
Until the boundaries
of York were extended in the latter part of the 20th century to include
some of the outlying suburbs and villages, the population was around
2001, the population of the extended York "Unitary Authority" area
was around 181,000.
You can find a population breakdown here.
One forecast is that York's population will grow to 196,000 by 2021.
can I buy XYZ? Where is XYZ shop?
One of the best resources to find shops, tradesmen - almost anything,
anywhere - is the online version of Yellow Pages: http://www.yell.com On
that website, if you wanted to find, say, a florist in York, type in
"florist" in the first box and "York" in the third box. Very easy to
use! Just one caution: the "York" postal area covers a lot of North Yorkshire,
including towns up to 20 - 30 miles away. If you just want to find something
in the centre of York, instead of typing in "York" in the third box,
type in "YO1" (without the "speech marks").
do I find the car parks / park and ride schemes in York?
York has many city centre car parks, but they are expensive and rapidly
get filled up.
you are coming by car from outside York, you'd be better off using
one of the many "Park & Ride" car parks, strategically
located all around the City's Ring Road. York was one of the pioneer
cities for "Park & Ride" and is considered to have one of the best
schemes. Buses from the P&R car parks are frequent and inexpensive.
There's full information on car parks and Park & Ride
parks on this web page: http://www.york.gov.uk/parking/