Small but perfectly formed, York is familiar in the UK and beyond as a place to visit and explore, but it's also a wonderful place to live with or without children. Its history can be traced back nearly 2000 years, from its foundation by the Romans in 71AD, through Viking invasions, Georgian splendour and the Victorian railway revolution, to its present day role as a top international tourist destination.
York offers a distinctive mix of history, culture and commerce; the diverse range of shops, galleries, clubs, cafés, museums, music groups and sports clubs - and a world-class race course - means that the city really does offer something for everyone.
York has grown rapidly in the past twenty years, and the City now incorporates villages and countryside as well as bustling urban areas. The city streets and many of the outlying areas have a relaxed and slightly bohemian feel – possibly the result of a large student population from the two Universities. Most areas are easily accessed by extensive cycle tracks – York is one of the country's premier cycling cities (no hills!). With parks, riverside walks, soaring Gothic spires, breath-taking landscapes on the doorstep, fantastic transport links, great schools and a strong sense of identity, York is a very special place to live, work or visit.

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