York City Archives

York City Archives has an extensive collection of resources covering over 800 years of York history, the earliest document dating from 1155, the latest dating from 2012. They care for over 68000 books, historic newspapers and maps relating to the city and surrounding area.  

If you have documents you would like to donate to the Archive, they would be very pleased to hear from you.

Whether you want to research the history of your local community, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, discover more about the history of a house or research your family history, you may find a document relating to the topic you are interested in.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help if you require assistance.

Information about York City Archives


York City Archives
Archives and Local History
York Explore Library
Learning Centre
Museum Street 
YO1 7DS 

Telephone Number:

01904 552800 



Numerous books, newspapers and maps covering the city and neighbouring areas are available in the Archive. For more information about their opening hours and collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their online catalogue.

The Archives is situated on the first floor of York Explore Library Learning Centre. They are approximately ten minutes walk from York railway station.  If travelling by bus, bus routes 1 and 2 stop near the Archive.  If travelling by car, a car park is available at the building.

It is prudent to book before visiting to avoid disappointment, especially if you are travelling a long distance.

You are allowed to take copies of documents, but you must buy a reprographics licence and fill in a copyright declaration form.

The building is fully accessible, with a lift provided to take customers to the first floor, along with an accessible toilet.  They also have a fixed loop system.

They have an archives reading room, a family history room, and a local history room. Free internet access is available in all these areas.

A cafe is located within York Explore where sandwiches, salads, hot food, homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks are available.  Smaller meals are also available for children.  Rowntree Park Reading Cafe is also available in Rowntree Park Lodge, Richardson Street.

If you are unable to visit in person, the Office are able to look up some details for you, but they are not able to conduct comprehensive research.  If you require someone to conduct more extensive research, the Office provides a list of research agents, who, for a fee, can conduct research on your behalf.

For details of other Record Offices in North Yorkshire, please view my pages regarding North Yorkshire Record Office and Teesside Archives.

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