York has one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe. The pedestrian streets (called 'footstreets') create a safer and more attractive city centre for residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors.

Map of York's footstreets

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Pedestrian times and areas

From 10.30am to 5.00pm (7 days a week) the following footstreets are strictly for pedestrians:

  • Blake Street
  • Castlegate
  • Church Street
  • Colliergate
  • Coney Street
  • Feasegate
  • Goodramgate (between the junctions with Deangate and Low Petergate)
  • High Petergate
  • Lendal
  • Little Stonegate
  • Low Petergate
  • Market Street
  • Ousegate
  • Parliament Street
  • Swinegate

Vehicles should not enter the area, except for emergency vehicles. With the exception of Deangate and Minster Yard, cycling is not permitted in any part of the pedestrian zone during the pedestrian times.

St Nicholas Fayre: extension of pedestrian hours

Make it York, who manages city centre events has been authorised to extend pedestrian hours for the duration of St. Nicholas Fayre.

From 13 November to 31 December, evening pedestrian hours will be extended as follows:

  • Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - until 6pm
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday - until 8pm

See the temporary prohibition of traffic order for this event.

Please contact Make it York if you require access to the pedestrian area during these hours.

Stonegate and Shambles

Please note:

  • Stonegate is prohibited to motor vehicles at all times, except for loading between 5am and 10.30am. Unlike other footstreets, there is no vehicle access after 5pm

  • Shambles is prohibited to motor vehicles at all times, except for the delivery and collection of goods before 10.30am and after 5pm

Both Stonegate and Shambles are protected by bollards when vehicles are not allowed - vehicles cannot gain access without authorisation or prior arrangement.

Deangate and Minster Yard

Motorised vehicles are not allowed to pass through Deangate/Minster Yard - the area is closed to traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Cycling is permitted along this route however, this space is shared with pedestrians, so cyclists should proceed slowly and in a considerate manner.

City centre disabled access guide

See the city centre disabled access page for information on getting around the city centre.

Parking for people with disabilities

People with a blue badge parking permit may park on:

  • Blake Street
  • Lendal
  • Goodramgate
  • Colliergate
  • Castlegate

Further information

  • For information about street cleansing, public toilets, street furniture repairs and maintenance, contact our Customer Services team
  • For all other enquiries, contact the City Centre team

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