York

England's largest free urban festival of 2014

As part of Yorkshire's 100 day Cultural Festival, Le Grand Depart will see York celebrating hard with a free urban festival taking place across the city.

Residents and visitors will be enjoying the excitement of Le Tour at four main spectator hubs where there will be big screens to watch all the cycling action, live entertainment and music, delicious Yorkshire food, quirky shopping, fun fairs as well as lots of information about how to enjoy cycling in the city, including organised rides on offer throughout the summer.

The 6th July is also the grand finale for different community projects which have been taking place over the past 100 days to welcome le Tour. York's clubs, organisations, businesses, schools and residents have all been involved with city-wide activities and this weekend will be an amazing showcase of York's creative and cultural talent. Residents and visitors will be able to see, hear and experience some of the results of those projects. 

York will be awash with yellow flowers, with hundreds of colourful flags and banners adorning the city and its walls as well as a unique 350metre painting of the route into York, created in the style of Yorkshire born and world renowned artist David Hockney.Choirs, groups and individuals have also been busy learning the Yorkshire Festival 2014 song and will line the route to welcome the riders and send them on their way. Once the cyclists have passed though the city the ‘dé-party' will continue throughout the day with street entertainment, street parties, events and activities all carrying on into the evening.

And of course let's not forget that York is one of the top best three cycling cities in England, with 100k of cycle routes. Visitors can discover more of York on two wheels – see www.york.gov.uk/tourdefrance or www.visityork.org for routes to try.

Web sites

Stage town for the 1st time
Major city in North Yorkshire
Population : 202,000 inhabitants
Economy : tourism: more than 7 million visitors each year bringing with them £600 million (730 million euros), biotechnology, creative and digital industries, rail construction, fi nancial services. The University of York and York St John University
Culture : York Minster, the largest gothic building in North Europe, Clifford's Tower, the longest and best preserved XII century ramparts in England, The Shambles, medieval street, York Theatre Royal, National Railway Museum, the
largest rail museum in the world. Festivals: Jorvik Viking Festival, Food and Drink Festival
Sport : York City Football Club, York City Knights Rugby Club. Olympic sized velodrome
Specialities : THE UK town for chocolate Sustainable Development: York developed the fi rst Park & Pedal programme in the United Kingdom. 190 kilometres of cycle paths, a one kilometre purpose built cycle circuit, 2,000 bike parking spaces in the city centre
Label : British Bike Friendly City
Proverb : Let the Banner of York Fly High


Three York riders at the Mexico Olympics

York hosted the professional peloton several times when it held stage finishes in the Milk Race or the Prudential Tour. The last time was in 2009 for a stage won by Australia's Chris Sutton. Australians fared well in England's other capital since in 1998, Stuart O'Grady had won the second stage of the Prudential Tour in front of the cathedral before winning the overall. The city also held several now defunct events like the York Criterium or a London-York race briefly held in the 1970s. The greatest cycling club in town, the Clifton Cycling Club, particularly shone in 1968 when three of its members, Pete Smith, John Watson and Roy Cromick, formed three quarters of the British 100-km team for the Mexico Olympics. They finished 10th, a relative disappointment but a unique experience.

Stage town for the 1st time
Major city in North Yorkshire
Population : 202,000 inhabitants
Economy : tourism: more than 7 million visitors each year bringing with them £600 million (730 million euros), biotechnology, creative and digital industries, rail construction, fi nancial services. The University of York and York St John University
Culture : York Minster, the largest gothic building in North Europe, Clifford's Tower, the longest and best preserved XII century ramparts in England, The Shambles, medieval street, York Theatre Royal, National Railway Museum, the
largest rail museum in the world. Festivals: Jorvik Viking Festival, Food and Drink Festival
Sport : York City Football Club, York City Knights Rugby Club. Olympic sized velodrome
Specialities : THE UK town for chocolate Sustainable Development: York developed the fi rst Park & Pedal programme in the United Kingdom. 190 kilometres of cycle paths, a one kilometre purpose built cycle circuit, 2,000 bike parking spaces in the city centre
Label : British Bike Friendly City
Proverb : Let the Banner of York Fly High


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Places to see

York as a whole!

Britain's most beautiful city and regularly voted the place most Britons want to live, York is known for the high quality of life it offers to those who call it home and for having one of the strongest and fastest growing economies in England. York is surrounded by the longest complete medieval city walls in England and is home to Shambles, the oldest shopping street in Europe. 

York Minster

A jewel of stone and stained glass, York Minster, founded in 627, is the largest Gothic church in the North of Europe and holds treasures in its crypts as well as in its walls, with the most beautiful collection of stained-glass windows in the kingdom. www.yorkminster.org

York's Chocolate Story. 

Over the course of 300 years the names Terry's and Rowntree's made York world famous too for its chocolate creations; there's a visitor attraction dedicated solely to York's fascinating chocolate history – York's Chocolate Story.

The National Railway Museum

As well as laying claim to being Britain's Home of Chocolate, today, York is also Britain's foremost guardian of railway heritage, boasting the largest museum dedicated to this form of transport in the world: The National Railway Museum. 

Jorvik

Jorvik is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction dedicated to the story of the Vikings in York.  And if the Vikings at Jorvik don't scare you then the ghosts will!

La cathédrale – York Minster © City of YorkLa cathédrale – York Minster © City of York
Stage town for the 1st time
Major city in North Yorkshire
Population : 202,000 inhabitants
Economy : tourism: more than 7 million visitors each year bringing with them £600 million (730 million euros), biotechnology, creative and digital industries, rail construction, fi nancial services. The University of York and York St John University
Culture : York Minster, the largest gothic building in North Europe, Clifford's Tower, the longest and best preserved XII century ramparts in England, The Shambles, medieval street, York Theatre Royal, National Railway Museum, the
largest rail museum in the world. Festivals: Jorvik Viking Festival, Food and Drink Festival
Sport : York City Football Club, York City Knights Rugby Club. Olympic sized velodrome
Specialities : THE UK town for chocolate Sustainable Development: York developed the fi rst Park & Pedal programme in the United Kingdom. 190 kilometres of cycle paths, a one kilometre purpose built cycle circuit, 2,000 bike parking spaces in the city centre
Label : British Bike Friendly City
Proverb : Let the Banner of York Fly High


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Partners of Le Tour