York is regularly voted as one of the UK’s best cities to live. The combination of its rich heritage and vibrant culture make it an attractive place to call home. House prices in the city 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. It’s also a leading university city, regularly ranking as one of the nation’s favourite places to study.
York’s year round festival programme means there is a festival, event or exhibition happening every week of the year. Its mix of independent shops, cafés and restaurants as well as high street names, its year round music scene and its wealth of culture and heritage make York a very special place to live.
York has a vibrant nightlife scene too, where medieval pubs sit side by side with modern riverside venues such as the art house city screen.
York is also home to the National Railway Museum and a range of museums and galleries, overseen by the York Museums Trust. English Heritage, the York Civic Trust and the York Conservation Trust preserve and cherish York’s rich history.
York Racecourse is one of the finest in the UK, hosting the world famous Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August.
There is an eclectic mix of live music venues too, including jazz, rock, folk, indie and acoustic and a thriving comedy scene. The city is also home to the National Centre for Early Music.
Explore York Libraries & Archives
- York Residents’ Festival – January
- JORVIK Viking Festival – February
- York Literature Festival – March
- York Easter Family Festival – March/April
- York Open Studios – April
- Fashion City York – April
- Racing Festivals – May – October
- York Mystery Plays – May/June
- Eboracum Roman Festival – June
- York Festival of Ideas – June
- The Great Yorkshire Fringe – July
- Early Music Festival – July/December
- JORVIK Group’s Medieval Summer – August
- York Food and Drink Festival – September
- illuminating York – October
- Aesthetica Short Film Festival – November
- St Nicholas Christmas Festival – November/December
York and Beyond
What’s more, York is surrounded by the stunning Yorkshire countryside and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Wolds and the Howardian Hills close by.
Countryside, coast, cities, stately homes, theme parks and outdoor pursuit centres are all within easy reach of York. The city lies within the Vale of York on the edge of 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, fishing villages and glorious stretches of family-friendly seaside resorts.
If you want to visit a larger city then Leeds and Bradford are less than an hour away, and Manchester and Sheffield are within easy reach.
The annual York Residents’ Festival takes place on the last weekend in January.
If you live in York, this is your chance to explore the city and be a tourist for the weekend – for free! This annual Festival is our way of saying a HUGE ‘thank you’ for the warm welcome residents give to York’s 7 million visitors. It’s a great way to discover York’s visitor attractions for free and wine and dine using the discounted offers.
Businesses interested in getting involved in York Residents’ Festival can contact:
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