Life in York

York MinsterPhoto credit: Paul Crossman /

St Peter’s is just a few minutes’ walk from the historic walled centre of York, where reminders of the city’s rich Roman and Viking heritage are never far away. Compact, safe and welcoming, York offers so much for boarders. Our pupils agree this is one of the best things about boarding at St Peter’s; living in the heart of an inspiring city gives them a unique opportunity to develop and thrive as part of the School community whilst enjoying the cultural and social benefits.

There is a tremendous amount to see in this family-friendly city, including the National Railway Museum and York Minster, which shares a founder, Paulinus, and almost 1400 years of history with St Peter’s.

River Ouse

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The city’s more recent history is celebrated at York Chocolate Story, an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations.

Just a short walk from School, the ten-acre botanical Museum Gardens offer a peaceful and picturesque retreat from the bustle of the city. York Art Gallery, which borders Museum Gardens, reopened in 2015 after major redevelopment and is one of many excellent local galleries, museums and theatres popular with both residents and visitors. 


Beyond the city walls, Yorkshire has lots to offer and intrigue young minds. We make the most of the School’s excellent location, with boarders enjoying trips to the coast, outings to The Deep Aquarium in Hull, and Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions into the Yorkshire countryside.  

York is a popular shopping destination, with independent stores, well-known high street names and a thriving café culture.

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“Town is so close and there is so much to do, the historic buildings and the buzz of the city are really inspiring.”

- Senior boarding pupil

Click here to see what's on in York in 2016.