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Frequently Asked Questions

You 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.

If 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.

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  1. I want to find out about my ancestors who lived in York or Yorkshire.
  2. I'm arriving at York rail station. How do I get to XYZ?
  3. How do I get to XYZ Street?
  4. I'm arriving in the UK at XYZ airport. What's the best way to get to York?
  5. Where can I get married in York?
  6. I'm organising a stag night / hen party in York. Where should I take the guys / gals?
  7. Can you recommend an hotel / B&B / camp site / hostel in York?
  8. Are there ghosts in York? Can I go on a ghost walk?
  9. I want to keep in touch. Where are the Internet cafes in York?
  10. I'm moving to York and need somewhere to rent / buy. Are there any online estate agents?
  11. Are there any schools in York that teach English to overseas visitors?
  12. What are the York Mystery Plays? When will they be held?
  13. When is the next horse race meeting in York?
  14. Where's a good place to eat out in York?
  15. What is the addresss (or telephone number or post code) of..x?
  16. What facilities are there in York for disabled people?
  17. I would like some printed information about York sending to me
  18. I'm looking for a job in York. Can you help me?
  19. What is the population of York?
  20. Where can I buy XYZ? Where is XYZ shop?
  21. Where do I find the car parks / park and ride schemes in York?

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I 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:
http://www.yorkfamilyhistory.org.uk They charge a small fee for answering enquiries.

I'm 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:
http://uk.multimap.com

How 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.

I'm arriving in the UK at XYZ airport. What's the best way to get to York?
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):
London:
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. I've 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/

Where 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:
http://www.weddings.co.uk/wvenues/york.htm

I'm 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/

Can 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:
http://www.york.roomcheck.co.uk/accommodation/

Are 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:
http://www.ghosthunt.co.uk/
http://www.theoriginalghostwalkofyork.co.uk/
You can even go on a river boat trip to see them: http://www.yorkboat.co.uk/ And you can book online. Spooky!

I want to keep in touch. Where are the Internet cafes in York?
Here's one:
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

I'm 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

Are there any schools in York that teach English to overseas visitors?
Two that I know of:
http://www.english-in-york.co.uk/

http://www.yorktutors.co.uk

What 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

When is the next horse race meeting in York?
To get the info straight from the horse's mouth, pop along to:
http://www.yorkracecourse.co.uk/

Where's 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:
http://www.restaurants.co.uk/
http://www.eats.co.uk/
http://www.cuisinenet.co.uk

What is the address (or telephone number or postcode) of X?
There's a very good online directory enquiries service run by BT. Access it from here:
http://www.bt.com/directory-enquiries/dq_home.jsp
You can search for either a person or a business - anywhere in the UK

If you need a postcode, or a full address, use the Royal Mail's look-up service:
http://www.royalmail.co.uk/quick_tools/postcodes/default.htm This will accept a partial address (e.g. a business name and a town / city. Unfortunately, you have to register (free) to use this service.

What facilities are there in York for disabled people?
You can find details of access to all York attractions for people who have disabilities:
http://www.disabledgo.info/Town.asp?TownID=28

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:

  1. De Grey Rooms, Exhibition Square York Tel: 01904 621756 Fax: 01904 625618
  2. Railway Station, York Tel: 01904 621756 Fax: 01904 625618
  3. 20 George Hudson Street, York YO1 6WR Tel: 01904 554455 Fax: 01904 554460

Also see: http://www.york-tourism.co.uk/

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

I'm looking 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:

http://www.jobsinyork.com - for jobs in York's tourist industry
http://www.fish4jobs.co.uk - a Yorkshire jobs site
http://www.gojobsite.co.uk - 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 100,000.

In 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.

Where 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").

Where 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.

If 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/

 


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