The Queen’s route through York

Find out where the royal party will be processing in York, and choose a good viewing spot along the route. After all, the Queen's not in York every day
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As many as 15,000 people are expected to gather to see the Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Beatrice on their Diamond Jubilee trip to York.

As the map shows, they arrive at the station, go through Micklegate Bar, head to the Minster, the Mansion House and the Yorkshire Museum.

Coun Sonja Crisp, who oversees the York 800 celebrations, said: “It’s an incredible honour to welcome HM The Queen and The Royal Party to York.

“With over 15,000 people expected to visit our city on this very special day during the Easter holidays, it’s going to give York’s economy a massive boost. But with so many visitors coming to York there’s realistically going to be unavoidable traffic delays too.”

Gillian Cruddas, Chief Executive of Visit York, said “It’s a great honour for York that The Queen has chosen to visit the city in her Diamond Jubilee Year. From an economic perspective, thousands of additional visitors are expected and the city’s hotels, shops and restaurants will all benefit.

“We are expecting our Visitor Centre to be very busy and will be encouraging visitors to book again later in the year. All in all the impact will be far reaching in terms of media coverage and reputation for the city as well as generating thousands of pounds worth of additional spend.”

Visitors are being advised to use Park and Ride services, public transport or alternative travel such as cycling into the city centre. All public transport services will be affected and delays are expected throughout the day.

Blue Badge access and accessible parking will be limited. Only accessible parking in Colliergate and King’s Square will be unaffected.

Restrictions will also be in place from the evening of Wednesday April 4 throughout parts of the city centre. Shop deliveries, loading and unloading will be affected on Thursday on Blake Street, Duncombe Place and High Petergate, which are closed from 9am.

The City Walls between Baile Hill and Lendal will be closed all morning and will reopen at 11am; and the City Walls between Monk Bar and Bootham Bar will reopen at 1.30pm.

Access to Micklegate will be restricted until 7pm, as residents and retailers hold a street party to celebrate The Queen’s visit.