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Travel page - detailed driving notes

Page text last fully revised 9 April 2017

However, the links were checked and updated where necessary 4 April 2019

By road (Section checked . some minor revisions April 2017)

Our show is easy to get to by road from all over the North, and from the Midlands too with York (the City) and the Racecourse fully signed with both permanent and temporary event show signing. 

SAT NAV - the venue's address is York Racecourse, Racecourse Road, YORK YO23 1EX, however, if using the post code please check your Sat Nav is locating Racecourse Rd as other parts of the Racecourse use the same postcode

However we strongly recommend that all attendees follow the temporary event signing to the venue.  These signed routes may not be the shortest but they will help you avoid congestion in York City Centre.

Map of York environs showing location of racecourse relative to other main roads. Please use the signed approaches. (Map courtesy of York Racecourse.) 

Google Maps link centred close to our venue. (Former link replaced April 2017)


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Suggested approach routes

The main routes from the South are M1 (or A1) - A1M (Junc 45) - A64 - A1036*

From the west; M62 - M1 northbound - A1M (Junc 45) - A64 - A1036*

From the East of York use the A64, A1079 or A19 respectively then the A64 York Eastern Bypass heading towards Leeds, then A1036*

From the North East - A19 - York Western By pass A1237 - A64 east - A1036* 

From Scotland and Cumbria use A1M to Junc 47 - A59 eastbound - A1237 southbound (York Western By pass) - A64 east  - A1036*

All A1036 - Once on the A1036 head into York. The road layout and signing after leaving the A64 changed in 2011 and again in 2015 with the opening of the Askham Bar Park & Ride site. Older sat nav maps and directions may therefore differ from current road layout/signing.

Traditional route - After the first set of traffic lights by the petrol station stay in the left hand lane and follow the formerly signed route, now with City Centre signing (Photo if required) until you see the grassed, open area of the Knavesmire on your right. At the foot of the dip turn right onto Knavesmire Road and approach the Racecourse area.

Currently signposted - after passing the Park and Ride site take the right hand lane and follow the currently signposted route to the Racecourse. You will be on the green route as per the map above. Carry on over the A64 bridge, then turn left into Church Lane, left again into Bishopthorpe Road and after passing the former Terry's factory building left again into Campleshon Road.

The routes to the Racecourse via the York Inner Ring Road are not recommended although they can be used for access if you know the route.

Parking in South Bank. Several areas are now Residents Only but are not required; please use the signed, free, car parking.

As expected York Racecourse have their own web site. including an interactive guide to the course and buildings.  Unfortunately their new interactive map is less useful than the previous pdf for visitors to non-racing events.

The former printable version of these notes has become obsolete and therefore is withdrawn.

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Finding latest traffic updates for approaches to or in York

As you are reading this page on-line it is assumed you have internet access. It is recommended that you check these traffic management advice services for the latest information on the day.

Relevant external links (Links updated for the 2019 Show)

Highways Agency live traffic feed service.
(A free App is also available for the i-phone.)

The AA Roadwatch page link for national traffic news.
(A free App is also available for the i-phone.)

Free on-line travel service with current traffic reports for Yorkshire & Humberside Frixio

Link to York City Council's roadworks and restrictions portal page

Link to York City Council's York Live info page

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Parking / Park & Ride options

On street parking in the South Bank residential area of York is tight but you don't need to use it.  Parking for over 800 cars is available free of charge. Disabled parking will continue to be available on Racecourse Road close to the main entrance to the Show.

However there is usually a car boot sale on the Saturday and therefore parking varies according to the day you arrive/other events on the Racecourse site:-

SATURDAY -  Visitors travelling to us by car on Saturday should note a major car boot sale is scheduled to be held using one of the main racecourse car-parks. Unless signed otherwise "on the day" the Saturday car parking is expected to be on the Knavesmire with access from "the Triangle". Unless you have a disabled persons badge please do not attempt to park behind the stands on Saturday as there will be no spaces available. Please park where advised by the staff on duty.

SUNDAY & MONDAY - On the Sunday and Monday the larger Car Park should be available which is much closer to the Show. On these days please do drive along the road behind the stands to this park. Please park where advised by the staff on duty.

Park and ride options - If you are traveling to York with a party including non-model railway orientated members you have the option of using P&R into the City and then the Show shuttle bus out to the Knavesmire. (Visitors from the north or north east - The service from Rawcliffe Bar drops off/picks up at the NRM and in Station Avenue. Alternatively park in our free car parking facilities and the remaining members of the party can use the Show link into York. Visitors from outside the N/N East should note that the A1237 York outer bypass (Northern section) and the A64 at the Hopgrove Roundabout both get very busy at peak/holiday times.

Link to York City Council Park & Ride page.

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