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York is a historic walled city at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire and is the traditional county town of Yorkshire to which it gives its name.

The City has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events in England throughout much of its existence. The city has a wealth of historic attractions, York Minster being the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination for millions.

The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik.

The University of York, York St John University, Nestle, health services and companies such as Aviva have become major employers, whilst tourism has become an important element of the local economy.

The city of York has won various awards over the years:

  • Gold Award at the ‘China Tourist Welcome’ Awards 2015 for ‘Best Performance’
  • Silver Award for ‘Best Tourism Campaign’ in the Travel Marketing Awards 2015
  • Best Visitor Information Centre at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2014
  • May 2013 – York scooped the top spot in an independent poll of over 2,000 people to discover the nation’s favourite town or small city. Chosen for its history, fantastic architecture and friendly atmosphere, York came first on a list of over 200 small cities and towns including Bath, Cambridge, St Ives and Stratford-upon-Avon (Discover Britain Magazine)

York has won many awards over the years and is in my opinion a fantastic place to live for families, young couples, professionals, and students.

The York property market is for high demand and short supply, and the York branch manager John Wroot says that properties in the popular location tend to get snapped up quickly regardless of the market. Property for rent in York is especially in high demand on the prestigious roads close to the race course and close to the city centre. Property prices for a one bedroom apartment in York city centre will cost you from £125,000 to around £300,000 and the largest house for sale would cost £5,000,000. A four bedroom family house for sale in York is between £225,000 to £500,000.

York has a variety of cosmopolitan residents. There is a large student population that come to York that end up finishing their education in the beautiful city. York appeals to huge variety of buyers as it has some first class schools including St. Peters School and The Mount.

York is especially known for its history and culture. The main attractions are York Minster, The Castle/Museum and, the Viking Centre and the little cobbled streets of the Shambles.

From the middle ages, through to the present day, people worked and lived in York. The majority of the properties in the centre of York are prestigious apartments or converted buildings. There are also a number of Victorian terrace properties that still have close proximity to the centre with courtyards. Just out of the city centre you will find some superb family homes with spacious accommodation and gardens. These properties range from a 1800 to present day, semi-detached homes, detached and townhouses. 

As one of York's most popular estate agents, Reeds Rains York has a variety of houses, flats and bungalows for sale. We also sell property further afield with us ready and willing to find a buyer for that quaint rural cottage. Highly sought after villages Include Murton, Dunnington, Wheldrake, Elvington, Copmanthorpe and Bishopthorpe, some of which regularly sell for well over £450,000.

Among the most sought after addresses include Bishopthorpe, Tadcaster Road, The Knavesmire, Stockton Lane, Heworth, Fulford and Rawcliffe.

Shops in York have a mix of designer labels, high street names, independent shops and antique shops selling vintage jewellery, York will satisfy even the most demanding shopper. Wander the web of cobbled shopping streets to browse the amazing array of independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names.

Big brands such as Marks and Spencer, Fenwick and Mulberry - all flaunting the season's latest arrivals. Hop on a regular Park & Ride bus to the York Designer Outlet to discover famous label fashion at great prices, or explore the daily open air market with over 100 stalls and different traders each day.

Whether you're looking for an award winning York restaurant, family friendly pub or inviting street cafe, you'll be spoilt for choice in York. Offering both quality and value, the city's food and drink scene has something for everyone.

When the lights go down in York, the city bursts into life with amazing continental style wine bars, riverside terraces, real ale pubs and nightclubs.

Don't forget to eat chocolate in York - Britain's home of chocolate! - another one of Visit England's '101 things to do before you go abroad' experiences. There is a huge array of amazing places to eat and drink in York, so come tuck in!

One of the largest green spaces in York is the ever popular race course, which draws thousands of people each race day. York has an excellent transportation which included getting you from York to London in just less than two hours as well as the fantastic Park and Ride service straight to the centre of town.  These are located at Grimston Bar, Monks Cross, Tadacster Road and the A59.  Also there are a number of commuters to Leeds which is approximately 35 minute drive to Leeds city centre.