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Living in York, England:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

14 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit York, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 14 people living in York what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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With loads of history from the Romans and Vikings to the Railways of the industrial revolution York is a year round tourist destination. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to accommodate the visitors with walking and bus tours for most tastes. Hosting several large horse racing events through the summer there are days when the mood of the city changes to more hedonistic than historic.

Historic walled town with many pubs and restaurants catering to the tourist crowd. Two good universities. Easy to get around on your bike. Generally flat. Very easy city to live in. Well connected to London on a fast train (although quite expensive). Expensive housing market both to buy and rent.

York is a very liveable city with lots of history. It’s popularity as a tourist destination and it’s two universities help it punch above its weight in terms of restaurants and bars.

Matthew, says: 2022

Know about the numbers of tourists that visit York each summer. These make the city significantly more crowded. if you like a cosmopolitan feel, then York is the place for you, but not if you prefer a more sedate atmosphere. I like hearing the variety of foreign accents on the streets, for it makes me feel as if I’m abroad, when in fact I’m just a stone’s throw from my home.

York is a very historical town, where there is something new to learn around every corner; there is also something about the way York is, that brings the modern world, whether it’s from the magic found down the shambles or from the vibrant nightlife and colours filling the once capital city.

Shobha, says: 2020

York was once a major Viking settlement and, to this day, still offers a wealth of historical attractions for visitors to enjoy. Beyond educational and cultural insights, York is also held in high esteem by tourists due to its famous range of 365 bars and pubs – one for daily of the year. If you do move to York, sample the local delicacy of ‘cheesy chips and gravy’, a sister dish to the Canadian ‘poutine’, which nicely complements any chilly night in York.

York is in the north of England. It may not be the largest city in the area but it has always been an important place. It was both a Roman and a Viking stronghold. It has one of the largest gothic cathedrals in all of Europe and some of the finest medieval buildings. Many tourists visit each year from all over the world.

York is a city in England with a long history that dates back to Medieval times. The York Minster, a Gothic cathedral, is the most magnificent and iconic site in the city. The cathedral contains the most number of medieval stained glass panes in England and two functioning bell towers.

York is the most haunted city in the UK, so those with a superstitious disposition should beware! Other than ghost tours, there is a wealth of cultural activities for tourists and locals. York has many historical monuments, plus a vibrant social scene – York residents are proud of the city’s claim to have a pub for daily of the year.

Angela, says: 2020

York is a very vibrant city with a thriving cultural scene. There’s plenty on offer for people of all ages, particularly families and Viking fans. If you’re looking for better value for money, consider living outside of the outer ring road, where you’ll find a number of pretty villages offering excellent transport links into the city centre.

Nivethiya, says: 2020

York is home to plenty of small shops, sweet cafés and local pubs that have a friendly, homey atmosphere. It is easy to fit in with the charming public and is a great place for new experiences. Summer weather is desirable gorgeous and plenty of parks and garden have beautiful scenery that make York an ideal place.

York is a beautiful place. There are many independent coffee chains, in addition to a wide range of food stalls. However, if you are afraid of geese, this is not the city for you! The geese will frequent the streets and parks, even being found in the Minster garden (in the city centre).

Sophie, says: 2020

York is a glorious city filled with history and architecture. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, providing stunning walks and cycle routes. In the centre of York stands the York Minster, one of York’s most iconic landmarks. If you are lucky enough to visit York, I can guarantee that you will want to return time and time again!

Generally, house prices in York are quite expensive, especially if you want to live in the centre. However, York is very small, and all the areas within the city boundaries are very nice. Don’t be afraid to live a bit further out to achieve a cheaper house price. I would recommend the Bootham area for nice houses and cheaper prices.

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