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Why so many of us dream of living in York

People come to visit York from all around the world and it’s easy to see why. But what is it like living in a city steeped in so much history and culture?

Ryedale House offers a unique opportunity to live in the very heart of the city – and with York being a relatively compact city, it means everything you could possibly need is right on your doorstep. 

From the building’s top floors you can see the impressive York Minster whilst on the other side is Clifford’s Tower, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. History is everywhere you look in York. Elegant Georgian architecture, the Roman Walls, The Shambles which have become one of the most famous shopping areas in the world, with its iconic overhanging timber-framed buildings and tiny cobbled streets. So ‘other-worldly’ is its appearance there’s now several Harry Potter shops based there!

There are multiple museums and galleries to be explored. York Art Gallery displays everything from 14th century artwork to classic 20th century pieces from renowned artists such as LS Lowry. The Jorvic Viking Centre takes you on a carriage ride through the city’s Viking past; The Yorkshire Museum looks at Roman history, with its Museum Gardens a popular place to sit and relax with a picnic; and York Castle Museum takes you on a walk through more recent history. The UK’s largest railway museum is well worth a visit, along with York’s Chocolate Story - a must for any lover of the sweet stuff!

Yet, despite being steeped in history, York is also a city for contemporary living too. Much of the city is pedestrianised, making it a great place to explore on foot. Fantastic shopping, public squares, gardens, bars, cafés and restaurants come together to create somewhere most people can only dream about living. And that’s without even mentioning the world-class events calendar, Christmas markets, York Racecourse, theatres, picturesque rivers or Betty’s tea rooms. 

Dining and socialising is something the city takes very seriously, with a wealth of inviting bistros and restaurants, sophisticated wine bars and quirky pubs. Whatever your preferred tipple York can cater for you - The Star Inn The City offers an extensive cocktail list and gin menu; Pairings Wine Bar serves fine wine and classic champagnes and the House of the Trembling Madness offers a wide range of beers at its historic Stonegate home.

From renowned universities to excellent private schools, York is also famous for its academic reputation, with both the University of York and York St John University situated there. 

If you need to venture further afield, York Train Station serves the city well, with connections all over the country. From here you can travel to London in less than two hours, or up to Edinburgh in two and a half.

There’s little surprise that York is often voted one of the best places to live in The Sunday Times’ annual survey. A friendly, welcoming, safe city, but with everything you could possibly need – and then some!

Cliffords Tower - York
York Minster - York City centre
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