Information & Facts
Typical of the United Kingdom, York's climate is highly
changeable. The summer months (June to September) are usually sunny
and mild, though mornings can also be cloudy and damp. Summer
temperatures usually range from 64-70°F (18-21°C), with
temperatures dropping to around 52°F (11°C) at night. November to
January are the coldest, wettest months and although snowfall is
minimal, days can be frosty. A popular time to travel to York is in
the spring (March to May), when the weather is mild and the flowers
are in bloom.
As York is highly pedestrianised, the best way to take in all
the sights and sounds of the city is on foot. Many travellers also
choose to hire a car, and there are plenty of major car rental
agencies around, but taxis, buses and trains are all reliable and
readily available. Parking tends to be expensive, and the streets
can be confusing for new arrivals. There are about 20 bus routes,
and the city is separated into zones, with the cost of the journey
varying accordingly. Off-peak day passes are available. Hiring a
bicycle is also a good option for exploring the city, as it is
accommodating towards cyclists.
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).