Tour tickets for York launch released

Spectators hoping to see stage two of the Tour de France pass through York can get their hands on free tickets from 9am tomorrow.

City of York Council and York Racecourse, where the second stage of the world renowned cycle race will prepare to start on July 6, have announced that those wishing to witness Le Grand Départ in the city must apply for tickets.

After working with Tour organisers Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire, the organisations are stipulating that no more than four tickets can be ordered per household.

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York Racecourse will host giant screens and hundreds of TVs so visitors can follow all the action from the Tour stage before it finishes in Sheffield, as well as letting them enjoy the Wimbledon men’s final and British Formula One Grand Prix. Spectators can also view local sports club displays and enjoy a range of food and drink.

Coun Sonja Crisp, the council’s lead member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “We want to make the Grand Départ from York an amazing experience for everyone involved.”

Along with the announcement of Tour tickets, the council has released details of Tour de France parking and three specially set up city campsites for visitors.

A temporary festival-style campsite will be set up at Monk Stray, a Parisian luxury camping experience will spring into action in a meadow next to the McArthurGlen York Designer Outlet and a riverside site next to the Millennium Bridge and Rowntree Park will offer camping along with Tour de France fun fairs, big screens and entertainment all weekend.

Both organisations are urging people to book parking early. Visit or for details.