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Getting Here

Some estimates suggest that Yorkshire can expect up to 3 million spectators for Le Grand Depart. There will be road closures and diversions in place at various times along the route. Keeping up-to-date with traffic news will be important when arranging your visit. Please find information below regarding cycling, driving & parking, and public transportation.

If you’re joining us for the big day on Saturday 5th July, plan to arrive early to avoid road closures and snap up a good viewing point. Don’t forget you can camp overnight at the Festival of Cycling to avoid the dawn wake up! Local authorities and official agencies are finalising exact details of road closures with information to be announced soon.

Current advice suggests picking a spot, relaxing and enjoying the day.


If you would like to do a little cycling but don’t want the hassle of bringing your bike, cycle hire will be available from British Bike Hire at the Festival of Cycling. British Bike Hire will also be offering repair services for cyclists that may require it.

At the Festival of Cycling, parking is available for all cycling fans who wish to use Harewood as a base to travel further into the Dales by bike. If you don’t wish to participate in the Festival itself you do have the option of purchasing parking at Harewood. This will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Booking ahead is recommended via www.festivalofcycling.org.

Trains will be busy during the Grand Départ, so be sure to travel early to avoid crowds if you are travelling by train with your bike. 

Secure, free bicycle storage will be available on site at Harewood for visitors to the Festival of Cycling. 

Road Closures throughout Le Grand Depart

Road closures will be in effect throughout much of Yorkshire during the weekend of the Grand Départ. For the most up to date news throughout Yorkshire, please see the Tour de France Grand Départ website

Road Closures on 5th July at Harewood

The information below has been distributed by Leeds City Council regards road closures on July 5th which will effect Harewood:

  • FROM LEEDS: ​The A61 from the A6120 Ring Road to Wyke Lane will be closed from 6.30am to allow access for car parking at Harewood only (through movements will be restricted from 5.00am).
  • FROM OTLEY: The A659 will be closed from its junction with the A61 Harrogate Road through Arthington, Pool-in Wharfdale and Otley (via Ilkley Road) and then the A660 from Bradford Road towards Burley in Wharfedale from 5am.
  • From 5am the following roads will be closed: Weardley Lane; the A659 from its junction with the A61 Harrogate road through Arthington, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Otley to the old Ilkley Road; the old Ilkley Road from the A659 to the A660 and the A660 from the Bradford Road Roundabout to the Bradford boundary and beyond to facilitate the race.
  • Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 3pm.

Access to Harewood on July 5th

Despite road closures there will still be access to Harewood. There will be diversions in place from all major access routes for people to follow. We can’t predict how many cars may be following diversions on July 5th so we do recommend an early start to ensure you don’t miss the action.

If you don’t fancy breakfast here and want to join us later in the afternoon, the A659 from Wetherby will be open all day with some restrictions. Parking will be available in nearby fields with pedestrian access to Harewood from Harewood Avenue. Please note a £10 parking charge will be in place.

Driving & Parking

Harewood is centrally placed in Yorkshire at the junction of the A61/A659 on the Leeds/Harrogate Road. If you wish to use a route planner, our postcode is LS17 9LG.

Please note that diversions will be in effect around Harewood House due to road closures for the Tour de France on July 5th only.

Please follow the appropriate signage for parking when nearing the site. 

Parking will be available at Harewood for anyone who requires it and a £10 charge for the 5th and 6th July for all visitors including Harewood Members. For those camping at the Festival of Cycling, parking is included within your ticket. Please see the Festival of Cycling website to purchase parking and/or Festival tickets in advance.  

Bus & Train

Special bus services will be laid on by Leeds City Council during the Grand Depart. Keep an eye on their website for information as and when it becomes available. Please note that The Festival of Cycling will not have a shuttle service from Leeds to Harewood. 

The nearest railway stations to Harewood House are in Leeds and Harrogate. Taxis and bus connections are available from both stations.