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.

Download a map of York's footstreets.

Pedestrian times and areas

During 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
  • 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.

In addition:

  • Stonegate is a footstreet between 10.30am until 5.00am
  • vehicle access is prohibited in Shambles at all times, except for loading between 5.00pm and 10.30am

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, seven 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.


See the city centre disabled access guide 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 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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