City centre disabled access

Talking signs

Talking signs help people with visual impairments find their way around the city centre. They automatically speak information to anyone who approaches the sign wearing a small REACT unit.

The signs can speak in four different languages, English, Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati.

REACT units are available from The York Blind and Partially Sighted Society.


Footstreets may be used at certain times of the day by cars, bicycles and other vehicles. Please take care using these streets when they are open to traffic.

You can go to our Footstreets page for details of when the pedestrian area is open to traffic.


For more information on the availability of 'off-street' disabled parking spaces around York, see our car parks directory. All disabled parking in our car parks is free of charge.

Alternatively, find out about parking in York using your Blue Badge.


York's Shopmobility car park is Piccadilly car park. Mobility scooters can be hired and customer lifts are available. This car park leads directly to the Coppergate Centre shopping area.

Accessibility guides

The Disabled Go website provides detailed disabled accessibility guides to over 1,000 buildings and services in York, including hotels, cinemas, restaurants, solicitors, offices and pubs.

Specialist toilets

For a map and a list of specialist toilet facilities in York, see the Changing Places website.

RADAR keys

You need a RADAR key to use disabled access toilets (unless they are attended). In York, all disabled facilities are locked between 8.00pm and 8.00am.

You can buy a RADAR key for £3 from York Tourist Information Centre or from our Customer Centre. Your key will open more than 9,000 accessible toilets across the UK, not just in York.

If you're visiting York and do not have a RADAR key, we can provide one as long as you can provide proof of disability, such as a blue badge or a letter from your doctor.

If you cannot collect a key yourself, please contact us for advice.

You can also contact RADAR directly at: 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London EC1V 8AF, or by tel: 02072 503222 or email:

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