An historic walled city, and the backdrop to many major political events in England throughout much of its history, York is a prosperous and hugely significant part of North Yorkshire.
With its plethora of historical buildings and cultural and sporting activities, it has established itself as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. In fact, in 2007 it was voted European Tourism City of the Year by European Cities Marketing (beating 130 other European cities in the process), and was also voted the safest place to visit in the 2010 conde nast readers travel awards.
Built at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, it is a beautiful city to explore on foot, with architecture ranging from the Gothic to Medieval and modern. It’s also brimming over with things to see and do, including a popular annual Festival of Food and Drink, which aims to spotlight food culture in York and North Yorkshire. Oh, and did we mention York is the home of chocolate?
Location, Location, Location
Choosing to rent in York means choosing a city that made it into the top ten of the uSwitch Best Places to Live in the UK in 2015. And it’s easy to see why with its low housing prices, average rental costs, and positive employment rates.
It is also very well connected to surrounding cities such as Manchester and Liverpool thanks to the M62, while its railway station is a principal stop for the East Coast Main Line, connecting London with Newcastle and Edinburgh. This puts you a mere 2 and a half hours away from Scotland’s capital city, and 2 hours away from England’s.
Nearly Notting Hill
If it’s the trendy, hip, and cool part of York that you’re after, then look no further than Clementhorpe. Ranked ninth on The Times list of the top 30 coolest places to live in the UK, it has been likened to London’s Notting Hill, just without the eye watering property prices.
It was described by The Times as being “a once boring suburb” until it was rescued by a number of very cool cafes, bars, and a deli which opened on Bishopthorpe Road.
These new shops, restaurants, and bars have served to attract young professionals to the area, and with its vibrant atmosphere and community spirit, not to mention its proximity to the city centre (around a 15 minute walk) it’s easy to see why it has grown in popularity.
By the River
If there’s a village that sounds more English than Upper Poppleton then we haven’t come across it yet.
Situated by the banks of the River Ouse, this quaint and peaceful part of Yorkshire is a 15 minute drive West of York city centre via the A59. And it’s also served by Poppleton railway station on the Harrogate Line, which can deposit you at York’s railway station in just under 30 minutes.
Ideal for young families, it has a primary school and is within the catchment area for York High School. The village is primarily inhabited by commuters to surrounding areas, although it does have a few local amenities of its own, including a Post Office and a 300 year old pub!
This is rural English living at its finest.
Making the move to York? You have to check out Clementhorpe and Upper Poppleton.
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