Why live in York?

​Located on the River Ouse, the historic, beautiful city of York offers a thriving economy, impressive schools and stunning attractions. With famed architecture, numerous shopping options and a thriving nightlife, it has something for everyone. And, whether you are looking for period townhouses, new build apartments or charming village properties in York, around the Roman city walls and outer areas are filled with houses just right for your family.


Living in North Yorkshire means that you can mix urban life with rural living. The nearby National Parks and Dales combine green fields with rugged peaks to offer great walking and outdoor trail opportunities for all the family in some of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful countryside. On top of this, the ancient estates of Castle Howard and Harewood House give you the chance to explore the timeless character of the area. If it’s sea and sand that you prefer then, the spectacular coastline at charming old towns like Scarborough and Whitby as well as quaint villages and market towns that are dotted around the area.

The city itself is a hotspot for tourism from both domestic and international travellers. . This means that there are a wealth of attractions like the Jorvik Centre, York Castle Museum and the National Rail Museum for family fun. The highlight of the sporting calendar in the area comes at York Races and, in particular, the Ebor meet. If you prefer football and rugby league, then you can enjoy games down at York City and York City Knights respectively.


Traditional or contemporary eating, York has you covered. A mix of student and family life alongside a sprinkle of international inspiration means that there is a cafe culture, a plethora of quality restaurants and a vibrant nightlife to enjoy. From the intimate Delrio Italian cellar restaurant to French food at Rustique, there is plenty to get excited about. After that, you can sample the music scene at The Habit or get a classic cocktail at Sotano.


Whether you want big brands, independent names or designer boutiques, the streets of York cater for all tastes. Fashionistas will love the Coppergate Shopping Centre and the Shambles for getting their fix on the cobbled streets while the designer outlet outside the city centre is great for grabbing a bargain. Household bits can be bought at your choice of supermarket - York is home to a Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury's and Waitress - while the regular farmers markets are ideal for discovering the best local produce. 


York and its surrounding areas offer excellent private and state schooling, with the majority above the national average rating. You can find all the information you need about admissions and schools local to where you are buying on the City of York Council website.


Leeds Bradford International Airport is just 45 minutes away, rail travel can get you to London or Edinburgh in two hours and Manchester in one, while the A1(M) meets with the M1 for easy access south and the M62 for links to Hull in the east and Liverpool in the west. Within the city, you can use the Park and Ride system to enter from the outskirts or there is the reliable bus transport from all parts of York.


York has a rich heritage and has played a big part in the country’s history over the past two millennia. From being the capital of Britannia Inferior to a major wool trading centre to a thriving modern day economy, it has a timeline that is showcased throughout the city. As soon as you walk on the quaint cobbled streets inside the city walls and get a glimpse of the iconic York Minster you feel captivated by the life of this popular area.


York Minster is the largest Medieval Gothic cathedral north of the Alps.

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