27 May 2022
There are no cities quite like York, with its Roman roots and Viking past, the city provides a delicate blend of history and modern day where ancient walls surround contemporary local shops and vibrant eateries.
With thirty world class museums to explore and a thriving cultural scene, it is no wonder York was voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times.
There’s always plenty going on in York with several theatres and a large convert venue; giving you plenty of entertainment all year round. Depending on your preference you can go and see a musical, or one of the many festivals York hosts every month, or even a live gig if that’s more up your street.
Starting with one of the most famous attractions in York, and one that attracts people to the city is The Jorvik Centre! Starting on Saturday 28th May and running until Wednesday 1st June, this fun-filled family event has plenty of activities for everyone to get involved in, including Storytelling, ‘Have-a-Go’ Sword Combat & dressing up as a Viking. With these only being a small section of the many events scheduled across the 5 days, they’ll be something for everyone!
Taking place on Saturday 18th June is York Pride, North Yorkshire’s largest LGBTQ+ event, located on the Knavesmire. There will be no doubt there will be plenty of people joining forces to represent a great cause and if we know anything from previous Pride events it will be a great celebration. It’s the perfect day for all to join in on the fun!
York isn’t short of plenty of new cafes, restaurants and bars that have recently opened, with a wide range there’s plenty of choice for all. With the cultural appeal of the city there’s no shock many independent businesses are opening-up shop here. Below are some of the latest openings across the city as businesses are flourishing post-pandemic.
Cat in the Wall – a café that doubles as a performance venue. It’s the perfect place for a night full of entertainment. The bar has a luxurious interior feel making it the perfect spot to catch up with friends over lunch and cocktails, or visit on the evening for live music. If that isn’t enough to entice you then you can take part in the writers’ open mic night.
York is famous for its history and being able to revive this in new businesses is perfect for the city. This is exactly what Ham & Firkin does, owned by a husband-and-wife team the wine bar and bistro takes its name from a pub on Walmgate that closed 99 years ago. Join them for an evening filled with wine and fun as you support one of the many local businesses.
It isn’t just food places that are opening within the city, an ethical fragrance brand Freckleface is opening its fourth shop which will be located on The Shambles. The famous Shambles is the perfect place to open up shop with many tourists flocking to York to see the characterful street/buildings. It’s the perfect place to sight see and shop at the same time!
If being social and trying new things is for you then York has plenty that you can get involved in. Step out of your comfort zone and check out some of the local clubs around York including:
Dunnington Tennis Club – Provides a friendly and welcoming environment for both social and competitive tennis. The club also offers a comprehensive junior coaching programme with different classes for children aged 4-18 Dunnington Tennis club achieved LTA minimum standards.
York Bike Belle – Join York’s walking and cycling movement to see the sights of the wonderful city. They run regular free activities in York – Social Rides, walks (as part of a walking book group) every month, Cycling Without Age rides, bike maintenance workshops, cake confidence bike loans and training for new or returning cyclists, cycling families support and a city-wide Walk Cycle Festival.
York RI Netball – All abilities welcome to play netball and you just have to turn up and pay. A great session to meet new people and improve your netball skills.
Enjoying nice food in a great environment is enough to boost anyone’s mood and the city has many different options of local places to choose from, including:
The Hairy Fig – A local deli which provides speciality food, exclusive aged balsamics, olive oils and spirits ‘on tap’. The perfect spot to gather some nice treats from the deli to takeaway or sit in the café, it’s the perfect spot for all. The grazing boxes and deli are enough to entice anyone to try.
Brew & Brownie – Inspired by seasonal, quality produce since opening in 2013, the aim of the café is to bring their vision of Northern hospitality to life at their café and coffee shopping the heart of York. Focuses of using local and ingredients and suppliers it couldn’t be more home-grown.
Skosh - When the cosy restaurant opened in 2016, Skosh quickly gained a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in York and has earned somewhat of a cult following amongst those in the know. If you enter with an open mind and empty stomach you won’t leave disappointed!
The Phoenix Inn – a traditional pub where you won't find a jukebox, TV or pool table in sight. The compact 18th century pub creates its ambience with an open fire. If you are just wanting to have a drink and relax with the only thing to disturb you is the clock ticking on the wall, then look no further!
Things to do
If you are a keen walker then, as mentioned previously, York sits in the perfect place - meaning you don’t have to go far for a perfect country walk to accommodate all you walking needs and you wouldn’t event think you were so close to the city. Below are some of the locals' favourite walks:
The City Walls – for this walk you don’t even have to leave the city, some of the city’s walls date back to the Romans, 2000 years ago! It’s the perfect walk to explore the city’s history and what makes it even better is it’s free.
Rawcliffe Bar Country Park – You can walk along the River Ouse out of the city centre and you will find a massive green open space; the perfect walk for a sunny day. Depending on how long you want to walk for you can do a huge loop of the whole park or explore then retrace your steps back along the river.
These are just a couple of examples near to the city centre however, as mentioned the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Wolds are only a stone's throw away.
Looking to move in York, please see below a range of some of the properties we currently have available in and around the city:
St. John Street, York, YO31 7QR
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms
A superb property full of character with accommodation laid out over three floors.
Elgar Close, Huntington Road, York, YO31 9PD
Modern Mid-Terrace House,
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, 1 Reception Room
A lovely home with a garden to the rear and off street parking to the front.
Fishergate House, Blue Bridge Lane, York, YO10 4AT
Four Storey Maisonette Style Apartment
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Reception Room
Placed in a Grade II listed building, this property has a roof terrace with stunning views over the city.
Bellerby Court, Hungate, York, YO1 7AF
Modern Third Floor Apartment
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, 1 Reception Room
A fantastic apartment with a spacious open plan living area which opens onto a private balcony.
If you are looking to relocate to York then please contact our York branch here.