Finding Your Way Around
York is not the world's biggest city, in fact it is quite small
(most places within the city are within walking distance) but
because of its historical origins the inner city streets can be a
bit of a maze so it can be easy to lose track of where you
In the city centre the street names can also be
confusing as they are not actually called streets, they are
actually called gates (Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate being a particularly
fine example of this).
There are also the remains of the walls of the city and the old
gatehouses but just to be even more confusing these gates are
called bars. If all this is not making any sense then try and
remember this little ditty:
York, where the streets are gates, the gates are bars and
the bars are pubs.
York is a great place to go exploring and down some of the older
streets you will find a range of interesting shops and pubs while
the newer streets have all your high street stores.
To help you go exploring use the maps below, we have also
included a map which shows cycle routes as York is a big cycling
city and it is a great way of exploring a little bit further