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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location in York is at York Train Station.
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in York are Europcar, Alamo, Hertz, Avis and Keddy.
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Discover York's colourful historyalong old, winding streetsand listen for the storiesthe past has to tell.
One of the North of England's most important historical and cultural cities, York is perfect for a weekend break. Built by the Romans in 71 AD and invaded by Vikings in 866 AD, the city is a fascinating patchwork of eras. The medieval period left a particularly strong mark – evidenced by the 13th century walls that wrap around a network of cobbled streets.
The centre of York is great for exploring on foot, however, if you want to visit other locations in Yorkshire, you'll most definitely need to hire a car. The small, market town of Easingwold is surrounded by rolling countryside and is only a 30 minute drive from York.
Car rental in York – the numbers
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in York?
A. Five to six days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in York?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in York?
A. Europcar is the cheapest car rental brand in York, offering cars from just £11 per day.
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Lying at the heart of the city, this architectural wonder stands as an example of one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe.
Jorvik Viking Centre
Giving visitors the chance to journey through Viking-age York, this museum provides an engaging and immersive experience for all ages.
Ideal for thrill seekers and those who are fascinated by the macabre side of history.
York Castle Museum
If you prefer learning about the past in a more sedate fashion, then this is the place for you. Housed in a former prison, over 400 years of history are covered in this museum.
A beautifully preserved medieval shopping street where you can pick up all sorts of quirky souvenirs with which to remember your visit to York.
York's Chocolate Story
Those with a sweet tooth won't want to miss out on taking a tour here. This visitor attraction and chocolate museum reveals how several families made York world-famous for chocolate and sweets.
Where to pick up
York railway station is one of the best places to pick up a hire car – and it's only a five minute drive from the city.
Most of the city centre is pedestrianised and vehicles are not permitted in the area for much of the day. Be aware of this before making any plans that might rely on having a car.
There are plenty of car parks around York – so you won't struggle to find a convenient place to park.
As York is such a historic city, its layout can cause congestion issues – especially during rush hours. It is best to avoid travelling into the city at these times.
Well served by major roads, the A64 will quickly get you on your way to places such as Leeds and connect you to Sheffield.
The best of York
Best places for shopping
Streets of plenty
There's something for every shopper in York – with its mix of chain stores, independent retailers and markets. Spurriergate is best for those well-known labels, such as Zara and Monsoon. If independent buys are more your bag, then head to Low Petergate for much-loved local label, Sarah Coggles. Markets, antique shops and bookstores dot the streets wherever you wander.
For the coffee lover
Full of beans
In a recent list of Britain's 30 best coffee shops, two of York's offerings made the cut. Spring Espresso is so popular with locals that even finding a seat in there can be a challenge. Customers praise the shop's dedication to using a variety of the very best beans and the welcoming staff.
Tours and walks
The Original Ghost Walk
The Original Ghost Walk is believed to be the first exclusive ghost walk in the world and has been scaring people in the streets of York since 1973. Leaving nightly from the Kings Arms Pub, the local guide will lead you round the city, revealing secrets about its darker side and recounting spooky legends.
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