Our city

Perfectly placed at the heart of the UK, York is regularly voted one of Europe’s favourite destinations in which to live, visit, study, work and do business.  With one of the strongest economies in the north of England, it is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with its roots set in 2,000 years of history and heritage.

It is home to the National Railway Museum and over thirty world-class visitor attractions.  It has a flourishing retail and restaurant sector and it is a substantial base for Hiscox, Nestlé and Aviva to name just three internationally recognised companies.

York is the UK’s founding Science City, the UK’s first Gigabit City and it’s also a magnet for students keen to study at its world-class universities, whilst enjoying the unrivalled quality of life here.

York is also the UKs first and only UNESCO City of Media Arts.  The York of today is a fashionable city that successfully combines its heritage and superb historic architecture with sophisticated designer shops, smart restaurants, bars and cafés, attracting visitors, investment and businesses from all over the world.

York is located approximately half way between London and Edinburgh on the Virgin Trains East Coast mainline rail route. It takes less than two hours to reach York from London and trains run every half hour from the capital.

The city is also easily accessible from several regional airports including Leeds Bradford International Airport, Newcastle and Manchester AirportNational Express runs regular services to the city by coach and the nearest port for European access is at Hull, linking York to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge through P&O Ferries.

Population

The city has approximately 200,000 inhabitants.

Industries

Key employment sectors include science and innovation, rail, financial and professional services, creative and technology businesses, the Universities and tourism.

Key tourism facts:

  • 6.9 million visitors annually, £564 million total visitor spend, supporting 19,000 jobs

Key business tourism facts:

  • An estimated 16,900 business events are attended by a million business event visitors annually
  • £148.9m spent at venues and in the local destination

Key business & investment facts:

  • The York economy is currently worth £4.9billion (GVA), supporting around 8,610 businesses and 114,000 jobs

 

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Radical vision would bring trams back to York – for the good of our health

‘While electric buses are a step forward, trams don’t need charging facilities and are more energy efficient’

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December 11, 2018, 6:57 pm

Sculpture trail plan for York city centre

It is modelled on the Manchester bee trail

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December 10, 2018, 5:51 pm

New fashion store set to open in historic York city centre building

The building has original oak beams recycled from Tudor warships

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December 10, 2018, 5:37 pm

Ben Elton to gig in York as part of first tour for 10 years

Tickets go on sale on Monday (December 10)

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December 6, 2018, 12:15 pm

New shop on Coney Street reveals opening date

And they’re planning a Grand Opening party with competitions and demos

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December 4, 2018, 8:10 pm

Revealed: Kaiser Chiefs’ ‘set list’ for their remarkable York exhibition

‘York Art Gallery have helped us to pull together a selection of amazing works’

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December 4, 2018, 3:55 pm

Here’s how to support Indie York businesses this Christmas

Two-thirds of the money spent in independent businesses goes back into the local economy

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November 27, 2018, 5:18 pm

The man who helped transform Newcastle is named new boss of Make It York

He's developed the Bigg Market and the teatime economy

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November 26, 2018, 12:21 pm

Fly your way to fitness! Gym offers York’s first bungee workouts

A fitness studio has opened where you get in trim by hanging around… in mid air

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November 25, 2018, 7:27 pm

Panto legend Berwick Kaler bows out after 40 years

Oh no he isn’t! Oh yes he is…

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November 23, 2018, 7:43 am