Bishopthorpe is a beautiful, sought-after village that offers close proximity to many of York's best features. Three miles south, near the Designer Outlet, with three stunning pubs and two primary schools, it has become somewhere families love.
Things to do
York Designer Outlet is a popular outing, just minutes away, and the city centre is close for an array of family friendly activities. Check out Pots and Whatnots, The Ice Factor and Cycle the Solar System - all less than a mile away. Being between the busy urban and rural life, there is a lot of nature to enjoy too with places like Keble Park popular for walks. There are also bowling, cricket and football clubs.
Eating & Drinking
Pubs in the area are The Marcia with pub and buffet menus, The Woodman, The Ebor gastropub and Bishopthorpe Social Club. There is also a bakery and fish and chip shop but for a wider range you can head to the Outlet for Wagamamas and Pizza Express or the city centre has numerous options.
Bishopthorpe is home to a pharmacy, children's clothes shop, an electronics shop, barbers, butchers and the Co-operative Food supermarket. For a bigger shopping trip, you can head across the River Ouse to York Designer Outlet, which is home to shops like Penguin, Levi's, Marks & Spencer, Gap and Nike.
Bishopthorpe Infant School and Archbishop of York's Church of England Junior School are located in the village. Fulford School is usually the place for secondary education.
Bishopthorpe Road takes you straight to York in just 10 minutes by car or on the frequent buses. It is also next to the A64 on the south of the city and this means you can easily access Leeds, Selby or head out on the North York Moors or head to the coastline. The closest airport is Leeds Bradford International and is just 30 miles away.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Bishopthorpe has a long history and was known as Thorpe-on-Ouse in 1194. The first church was built by the Prior in 1202, a Manor House and Chapel was built by the river in 1240 and the name changed to what we see today around 1275. In 1323, Bishopthorpe played host to a truce between Edward II and Robert the Bruce. Rioters tried to invade the Palace after the 1832 Reform Bill and today it is mainly a dormitory village.
Did you know?
Bishopthorpe Palace is a Grade I listed building and home to the archbishop of York.