Months after being named as the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times, a new poll completed in August 2018 revealed York is the country's favourite city; it's rich in culture and heritage. In 2019 York was voted the best northern city to live in (The Sunday Times). This historic place is renowned for its beautiful architecture and ancient walls which encircle the city. You will never be short of something to do in this vibrant modern city, with a huge range of restaurants and bars, and a colourful and varied nightlife which offers something for all ages. At 105 square miles, this compact city is half the size of Leeds so is easy to navigate. York is less than 2 hours by train to London and 2.5 hours to Edinburgh and Liverpool making it easy for you explore the length and breadth of the country. It's the UK’s first “Gigabit City”, offering broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps (one gigabit, or 1,000 megabits, per second). and there’s free citywide superfast Wi-Fi.
York continues to grow its facilities for the public, including the York Community Stadium which has the one of the largest IMAX cinemas in the UK and provides a unique combination of sporting, health and educational facilities. North Yorkshire is also consistently found to be the safest area in England, with the lowest crime rate. For all York’s cutting-edge cool, it’s still regularly voted one of the friendliest cities in the UK.
York is fortunate to have a host of great schools. There is an excellent selection within York, whether you are looking for primary, secondary, special educational needs or independent educators. In November 2019, the Sunday Times revealed that seven schools within the York area are within the top 500 schools in Britain, with Fulford School being named as the Regional State School of the Year in the North of England, for the second time.
York College offers A-Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships, higher education and adult learning courses. It is an associate college of the University of York. The college has approximately 8,400 students, including 4,350 who study full-time. Around 400 students study at university level. York College is also ranked as Yorkshire’s No.1 General Further Education College and rated in the top three Colleges in the country for A Levels. In addition York College has been above the national average for A Level results for 26 consecutive years. York College also offers the widest range of courses in the region and students can benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, a purpose-built Construction and Skills Centre and a college that is part of the new Institute of Technology (IoT).
York not only hosts a number of highly ranked schools but is also home to two Universities. The University of York is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the UK most recently being ranked 17th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. It is ranked as the 16th institution in the UK and is one of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group Universities. Also home to York St John University which is situated within the bar walls, in 2021 York St John rose to 30th Place inside the top 100 and follows three years of strong performance in the National Student Survey (NSS) and positive results in the Graduate Outcomes Survey.
However you wish to travel around the City, York makes it simple and easy to do so and has great travel options for you. There is a frequent, fast train service to York on the East Coast Main Line from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh with a direct service between York, Leeds and Manchester Airport. One of the best-serviced destinations in the UK, York is under two hours from London, two and a half from Edinburgh. York station is well located too, and only a five minute stroll from the City Centre and 20 minutes from the hospital.
The city has great bus travel with nearly 30 First Bus routes in York operating to destinations in and around the City of York; First Buses provide you with easy local travel with good and regular services around the city and surrounding areas.
We are funding a pilot scheme to provide free bus travel for staff to and from work in Scarborough and York. This includes all of the First York network (including the Park and Ride services), and the Number 10 Service run by East Yorkshire Buses in Scarborough. The scheme launches on 1 June 2023. You do not have to apply, just show your trust ID badge to the driver. Passenger numbers will be monitored throughout the three-month pilot to determine sustainability of the scheme for the future.
York is within comfortable driving times of most regions and is located midway between London and Edinburgh. Both Leeds Bradford airport and Teesside airport are just over an hours drive from York making it easy for your holiday getaway. Transpennine Express trains provide a direct link from York to Manchester Airport.
With 900 cycle routes, amounting to 59,305km of mapped ways, York is placed fifth on the ranking of best cycling city in the UK (Leisure Lakes Bikes, 2021). York has a great network of off-road cycle paths and on-road cycle lanes for cyclists. There’s also an extensive availability of cycle parking facilities across the city, including at shopping centres, schools, and offices. Don't worry if you have not ridden a bike for a while, Urban Cycle Skills provide council subsidised training sessions for all abilities and ages at just £5 per 90 minute session. The current Department of Transport's e-scooter trial in York has been extended to May 2024 and there are many pick up/drop off points, where you will find both e-scooter and e-bikes, across the city, including York Hospital.
Our vibrant city is renowned for its beautiful architecture and draws in tourists from across the World all year round. Home to the hugely impressive York Minster, the famous Shambles, and the City Walls, York is brimming with history. You will never be short of something to do in York as the city offers a huge range of restaurants and bars, with over 365 bars across the city! For those who like to shop York offers a different shopping experience, the city is full of boutique designer stores, quirky independent shops and tasty eateries. York is also home to the York Barbican Arts Centre, Theatre Royal and Grand Opera House York which offer an impressive array of musicals, theatre, comedy and music for all the family. York is also home to York Racecourse and the City hosts an impressive number of British and International music artists and festivals. There are festivals throughout the year including the Jorvik Viking Festival, Eboracum Roman Festival, and St Nicolas Fair along with smaller fairs held most weekends at York Racecourse throughout the year. The annual Residents' Festival allows locals to enjoy the tourist experience at discounted rates and is one not to miss.
York is a city that's ideal for children. It's full of fantastic attractions, family-friendly places to eat, and things to do for free.