Be In... York

A city full of history, beautiful architecture, culture, friendly locals!

A city full of history, beautiful architecture, culture, friendly locals and of course great food. York is easily walkable with quaint cobbled streets, adorable wonky buildings and lovely gardens. Whether you want shopping, museums, and theatres or just to simply sit with a nice cup of tea and people watch- York has it all! Located in the North of England and just a train journey away, it really is simple to get to.

York minster, the first attraction you will most likely see as it is by far the tallest building in the city. Beautifully restored on the inside and out, it is one of Europe’s largest Gothic cathedrals and only £10 to enter. If you plan on staying in the city for a few days and have a lot planned, you may find it better value to purchase a York Pass. This offers you a choice of free entry into over thirty York attractions and tours as well as restaurant and shopping offers. You can buy a 1, 2 or 3 day pass making it a superb addition to your leisure break. If you are interested and want to get a stunning view of the city, you can pay an extra £5 to climb the 300+ stairs to the tower.

Whether you are after a beautiful vintage poster, a bit of classic fudge or a taster of a crusty homemade loaf, then a visit to The Shambles is a must for every York newcomer. Imagine cobbles, low beams, quirky buildings, tea rooms, gift shops, bakeries… it is basically Diagon Alley for muggles (one for you Harry Potter fans!). Having being voted Britain’s Most Picturesque Street in 2010, it will definitely make you feel like you are experiencing a real taste of England.

There are plenty of shops in York, most of which are along the beautiful, historic streets. From high street to boutique, there is definitely something for everyone. If you visit nearer the Christmas period you will be just in time for the highly recommended Christmas market.

If the British weather isn’t quite on your side (we are up North after all), another great attraction is the York dungeons. You can take a walk through 2000 years of York’s fascinating history, complete with actors and shows it is a fully themed experience.

York is known to be a rather small city, compared to the likes of Leeds, Manchester and of course London. It is a city where public transport isn’t needed, it is big enough that it will take some time to explore but you can walk pretty much everywhere in a short amount of time. Once surrounded by a wall which acted as a fort, a lot of the original brick work built in the Roman era is still standing and you can Walk the Old City Walls- it really is a great way to see the city and more history.

The average price for property in York stood at £284,376 in May 2018. In terms of property types, flats in York sold for an average of £203,251 and terraced houses for £238,976. This is according to the current Zoopla estimates.

If York is an area of interest to you then why not contact our Belvoir York office to see what they have on offer.

Sources: The Shambles photograph by Nicole Honeywill


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