Living in York – a Guide for Staff

York Minster

St Peter’s School is situated five minutes’ walk away from York’s compact city centre.

York is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Europe, famous for its gothic Minster and winding medieval streets. It is a British Heritage City and has recently been voted Europe’s top international tourist destination. Such is the size and layout of York, walking and cycling are ideal ways to get around. They are also the best ways of taking in the famous sights of this historic city; an ancient Roman and Viking capital.

That it is small does not mean it feels parochial. Indeed, it is a rail nexus, a hub between Edinburgh, London and Manchester, which makes it an excellent place to do business. Add to that the large variety of restaurants, pubs, theatres, cinemas, parks, museums and galleries, and life in York is always interesting, by day or by night.

Finding somewhere to live is also comparatively easy. York’s rental sector is in good health, though demand remains high. If you are trying to buy you will find York prices are around the national average, though perhaps higher than the rest of Yorkshire.

York is a family friendly city. Attractions such as the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Barley Hall, the York Dungeons, the National Railway Museum and the York Chocolate Story are immensely popular with people of all ages.

The city lies in the Vale of York, a valley that runs north to south between the heathery Moors to the east and the famous Dales to the west. Both areas offer an excellent escape for walkers, cyclists, climbers and flyers – anyone, in fact, with a love of fresh air and rolling countryside.

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