Recently announced as the Sunday Times Best Place to Live in the UK in 2018, York is perfectly placed at the heart of the country, and is regularly voted one of Europe’s favourite destinations to live, visit, study, work, and do business.
The combination of rich heritage and culture with a contemporary vibrancy, offers a unique and unrivalled lifestyle, juxta positioning some of Europe’s best preserved history alongside a dynamic and modern leisure offer.
House prices in York are nationally competitive and the excellent provision of schools in York is evidenced by its position amongst the leading UK cities for both Key Stage 2 and 4 results and its place as one of the UK’s top hotspots to buy a property for education. Coupled with a first class health system, including plentiful provision of hospitals, health services and nursing homes, employers can be confident of a well-supported workforce.
Located in and around York’s city centre is a range of designer, high street and independent boutique shops. Out of town the £90m retail and leisure development, Vangarde Shopping Park, is home to York’s flagship John Lewis store, the region’s largest M&S store and a state-of-the-art Next store. The York Designer Outlet, to the south of the city, is home to 120 designer and luxury brand names such as Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Hobbs, LK Bennett, and TAG Heuer and Ted Baker.
Complementing this rich retail offer is an extensive range of places to eat and drink with numerous large brands interspersed with a variety of independent wine bars and restaurants. Ensuring continued improvements in the city centre, businesses in York have voted a resounding ‘yes’ to a Business Improvement District. Over the next five years, a fund of about £4million will be spent on a series of projects and services that will benefit and develop York city centre for businesses and residents.
As part of its creative, vibrant lifestyle offer, York boasts a dynamic Calendar of festivals and events. The BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, JORVIK Viking Festival, the York Festival of Food and Drink and the York Christmas markets are just a sample of the festivals currently attracting international coverage and attendance.York also benefits from the natural beauty of the surrounding areas and prime Yorkshire countryside. On its doorstep are two national parks – the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales – and in under an hour’s drive you can reach the Yorkshire coast, with its rugged beaches, tiny fishing villages and glorious stretches of family-friendly seaside resorts.