What is York like?
Yorkshire balances rural with urban. York itself combines a rich heritage and architectural beauty with modern shopping, restaurants and a thriving food scene; for even brighter lights, Leeds and Sheffield offer superb entertainment, restaurants and shopping.
Property in Yorkshire
We have a particularly strong presence in York and the Howardian Hills to the North of the city. Our properties vary from period townhouses to new apartments and from pretty village properties to fine country houses.
In York itself, riverside properties are popular, though scarce, and there are several contemporary developments offering chic apartments.
For new-build apartments, look at Westgate, York.
For period townhouses, look in Bootham, York.
For riverside properties in York, try Friars Terrace.
For prime village locations, head to Hovingham, Terrington and Coxwold.
The local scene
The Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire’s National Parks offer some of the country’s most glorious countryside, which ranges from dramatically rugged uplands and gently rolling farmland to a stunning coastline dotted with elegant resorts and charming old fishing ports, such as Scarborough and Whitby.
The whole area boasts beautiful market towns and classic villages, and a wealth of historic sites includes numerous stately homes, castles and abbeys, and the cathedrals of York Minster and Ripon. Many ancient estates are still owned by leading county familes, such as the Howards of Castle Howard, the Lascelles of Harewood House and the Worsleys of Hovingham Hall, preserving the timeless character of the area.
The Ebor meet at York Races is a highlight of the social and sporting calendar, and there is also racing at Doncaster, Pontefract and Ripon. The Moors are a major centre for field sports walking and riding; in complete contrast, Leeds is the financial centre of the North, offering a glittering choice of shops and restaurants. Cultural events are offered at the York Theatre Royal and Leeds Town Hall, which presents classical concerts; the Leeds Piano Competition is a major international event, and the world-renowned Opera North and Northern Ballet are based in the city.
Leeds Bradford and Doncaster Robin Hood airports offer national and international flights.
East Coast main line rail services from York reach London in under two hours; it’s a similar journey time to Edinburgh. Manchester is also just over an hour’s journey from York.
The A1(M) links with the M1 to provide fast road access South to London; the M62 links Hull and Liverpool.
Schools in Yorkshire
York and its surrounding areas offer excellent schooling both in the private and state sectors.
Private schools include: Ampleforth College, with its preparatory school St Martins; Terrington in the Howardian Hills; St Peters School, The Mount and Bootham School in York; Pocklington School near York; Cundall Manor School, near Thirsk; and Queen Margaret’s School at Escrick Park, south of York. Excellent state schools in the area include Fulford School in York and Ryedale School near Helmsley.