There are a number of measures in place within York city centre to make disabled access easier for residents and visitors.

These relate to:

  • motorists
  • pedestrians
  • shopping and tourism
  • public toilets

Travel and parking

Blue Badge holders can park free of charge in council car parks and our on-street pay and display bays.

For more information on the availability of disabled parking in York, see:


York's Shopmobility car park is Piccadilly car park. Mobility scooters can be hired and customer lifts are available.

This car park is adjacent to the Coppergate Centre shopping area.

City centre access for vehicles

Temporary security measures are currently providing extra protection in York. To increase the safety of businesses, residents and visitors we’ve reviewed city centre access for vehicles and introduced new vehicle restrictions.

Pedestrian access

York has one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe, with restricted access to the city centre by most car users. Blue Badge holders are still able to drive in to the city centre to drop off passengers for easier access. Find out more about city centre access for vehicles.


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.

See further information about city centre footstreets, and details of when the pedestrian area is open to traffic.

Accessibility guides

The AccessAble website provides detailed disabled accessibility guides to over 1,000 buildings and services in York, including:

  • hotels
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • offices
  • pubs

Specialist toilets and RADAR keys

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

You can also refer to our public toilets directory.

You need a RADAR key to use disabled access toilets, unless they are attended. RADAR keys will open more than 9,000 accessible toilets across the UK, not just in York.

If you 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.

RADAR keys are available for £3.00 from:

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

You can also contact RADAR directly at: Disability Rights UK, Plexal, 14 East Bay Lane, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 3BS, or by telephone: 0330 995 0400 or email:

Please note: All public disabled facilities are locked between 8.00pm and 8.00am and will not be accessible between these times, even with a RADAR key.

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