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:

  • 608 million visitors annually, £608 million total visitor spend, supporting 20,300 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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‘It has been wonderful to watch the restaurant attention receive national acclaim’

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May 23, 2017, 7:39 pm

The pictures and videos which sum up York City’s brilliant Wembley win

Some images that will stay with City’s travelling fans forever

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May 22, 2017, 8:33 pm

York chef to star in TV’s ‘ultimate cooking competition’

Competing all next week in the Great British Menu on BBC2

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May 20, 2017, 5:25 pm

31 things to do in York this weekend, May 20-21, 2017

Some crafty bargains, a hysterical take on Will Shakespeare, behind the scenes on the railways and a big pub knees-up

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May 19, 2017, 4:19 pm

Video: Virtual reality transports you to Viking times in major new exhibition

And it features some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever made

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May 18, 2017, 7:24 pm

Science, religion and drama: The big questions debated in York

Leading scientists are heading to church to debate the relationship between science and faith

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May 17, 2017, 10:48 am

A balloon festival and Shakespeare’s globe theatre could both be heading to York

Plus more on the first York Mediale and plans for a new website

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May 16, 2017, 6:21 pm