Updated: Jan 23, 2020
Why Are So Many People Moving to York?
Thinking of moving to York? If so, you are in for a treat. Whether you’re moving for your career, to be nearer to family or friends, or just because you fancy a change, York is a great place to live. We’ve put together this brief guide to tell you a little more about this Northern City. So sit back, relax, and read on!
Why Moving To York Could be Your Cup of Tea
Brimming with history, York is famed for its Roman heritage, Viking past, city walls and imposing cathedral - York Minster. This popular tourist hot-spot also has culture, sporting venues, shopping opportunities, tons of events and more pubs and restaurants than you can shake a stick at.
You’ve also got the River Ouse and Foss on your doorstep, not to mention a whole host of unique attractions. After all the excitement you will probably need a brew, if so, just head to one of the many tea rooms for a proper cup of Yorkshire tea. Moving to York could be the start of an exciting new chapter in your life - so let’s explore exactly what the city has to offer.
Fun Entertainment In York
There are plenty of fun things to do in the city. If you’re moving to York you could:
Throw like a Viking and eat like a king at The Hilt
57 Goodramgate, York, Y01 7FX
You can’t beat the thrill of throwing an axe! At The Hilt an experienced coach will teach you how to hit the target like a true Viking warrior. There’s a safety briefing, practise session and a competition to enjoy.
Gather your friends and family and enjoy a unique experience. Afterwards you can savour the mighty morsels on offer - but beware, the meatballs are too good to share!
Immerse yourself in the dark side of the city York Dungeon
12 Clifford Street, York, Y01 9RD
Funny and scary equal measure, York Dungeon allows you to sample York’s dark history. Witness eleven live shows, designed to provide an insight into the past 2000 years. Meet infamous characters such as Dick Turpin and Guy Fawkes, along with a few vicious vikings and wicked witches!
Delve into York’s Scandi past at Jorvik Viking Centre
19 Coppergate, York, Y01 9WT
A museum that brings the Vikings to life, Jorvik invites its guests to board carriages and travel through 10th century York. Check out the authentic Viking artefacts (unearthed at the museum site) and marvel at the animatronic characters.
Transportation In and Around The City
With its pedestrianised centre (most of the major streets in the heart of the city remain closed to traffic during the day), York and it’s attractions can be easily explored on foot. However, you will need to get into the city from wherever you are. If it’s too far to walk, how about biking? There are bike parks located all over the city and plenty of cycle paths.
Public transport is plentiful in York. Colour coded maps help you to get to grips with bus routes around the city. Parking can be tricky (and costly) during peak times as the centre can be busy, but there’s a great park and ride service operating from various locations around York. If you want to go further afield you can catch the Yorkshire Coastliner bus and visit Scarborough or Whitby.
There’s also a train station with good links to other towns and cities. But then again, why would you want to leave York? There’s so much to see and do right in the city.
Best Places To Eat
If you’re moving to York prepare yourself for a buffet of eateries. Restaurants, cafes, tea rooms, pubs, the list is (almost) endless. Here are a few of the best:
Swish Restaurant - Melton’s
An intimate restaurant with high-end food, Melton’s offers refined cuisine - ideal for a special night out. Chef Michael Hjort offers a delectable tasting menu if you just can’t choose. Pricey, but worth it!
Funky Cafe - Source
Tasty treats a plenty are on offer at the Source. Friends meet at this popular spot to catch up over fried chicken, nachos, risottos and freshly made bread.
Street Food - Los Moros
Head to the Shambles market and seek out Los Moros where you can feast on Persian saffron chicken wraps and handmade sausages. Peruse the stalls as you fill your face!
How Close Is York To Major Cities?
York is situated in the northeast of England, approximately 23 miles from the city of Leeds. The city is 202.4 miles from London, which would take you around 4hr 12 mins in the car. Alternatively, you can hop on a train. The average travel time is 3 hours 7 mins, however some of the faster routes can take as little as 1 hr 48 minutes.
Heading further North, Edinburgh is 208.7 miles away, which would take around 4 hr 8 min by car. Again, you could let the train take the strain, a journey of approximately 2 hrs 35 min.
Shop Til’ You Drop in York
Shopping bags at the ready? York has an eclectic mix of shopping opportunities. The winding city streets play host to independent boutiques (try Gillygate and Petergate street) and high-street stores (check out Parliament and Coney Street).
The daily Shambles Market has all-sorts on offer, browse the 85 stalls and the range of goods on offer. Alternatively you can head to the Coppergate Shopping Centre (home of instantly recognisable brands) or take a trip to the McArthurGlen's York Designer Outlet.
If You’re Moving to York we Would Love to Meet You!
Here at The Hilt we’re always keen to make the acquaintance of Viking wannabes and fellow axe throwers! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a chopper before in your life - our skilled coaches will have you hitting the target in no time. After a safety briefing, and a comprehensive coaching / practise session you will be ready for a thrilling competition. If you’re moving to York why not book a Viking experience like no other.