York is a truly distinctive city, one which offers history, culture and contemporary living in equal measure.
While the magnificent York Minster and the elegant Georgian architecture can transport you back in time with just a single glance, York is undeniably a city for contemporary living too. Its public squares, gardens, shops, bars, cafés and restaurants make it the ideal destination for a multitude of lifestyles.
York is not only known as one of England’s finest and most beautiful historic cities, but also won the ‘best place to live in the UK’ title for 2018 by The Sunday Times. The city is also home to world-class educational establishments and has an extensive events and festival calendar.
From wandering amongst the grounds of one of the world’s greatest medieval cathedrals, York Minster, to admiring the breath-taking viewpoints from Clifford’s Tower, Ryedale House is well positioned to take in some of York’s finest attractions. Whether you enjoy browsing fine art or discovering historical artefacts, this cobbled city is brimming with cultural hotspots.
York Art Gallery is one of the most well-loved attractions. Having undergone extensive redevelopment, the gallery reopened in 2015 and displays everything from 14th century artwork to classic 20th century pieces from renowned artists such as LS Lowry.
If you would prefer to while away an afternoon in a museum, there are plenty of options. Delve into York’s history with a visit to The Yorkshire Museum, explore a treasure trove of fascinating objects in The York Castle Museum or visit the UK’s largest railway museum and enjoy a luxurious champagne afternoon tea in the restored rail carriage of the Countess of York.
Warm and inviting bistros, sophisticated wine bars and restaurants with a view; all of this is less than a mile from your doorstep. From well-known brands to independent eateries, you will find a diverse range of cuisines for every occasion. Treat your taste buds with a visit to The Ivy and peruse their classic British menu, discover tantalising European specialities at Le Cochon Aveugle or sit back and admire stunning views of the castle from Tower’s restaurant. There are also plenty of places to wander after a good meal. The Star Inn The City offers an extensive cocktail list and gin menu while the boutique Pairings Wine Bar serves fine wine and classic champagnes.
York is also known for its eclectic live music scene and you will discover an array of venues throughout the city such as The Nook, a street food kitchen with a difference, serving up a menu of comfort food alongside cocktails and live music shows.
There’s also The Habit with its impressive terrace and stunning views of the Minster, and The Botanist, a wonderfully quirky bar specialising in botanical cocktails, craft beer and ales. So whether you are searching for a gourmet meal tucked away from it all or a lively night out, York is a place for all lifestyles.
From renowned universities to excellent private schools, there are a number of exceptional educational establishments within easy reach.
The most well-known is the University of York, which is approximately 2.5 miles away. It is part of the Russell Group, consisting of the UK’s most prestigious universities, and is well established as a leading research and teaching university. Through its partnership with multiple universities across the globe it attracts thousands of international students. York St John University is equally respected and has been serving the community since the late 19th century. As well as fantastic higher education, York also has a wide range of primary and secondary schools that have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.