Life in York – historic city by day, buzzing hotspot by night – is varied, colourful and lively. A diverse range of shops, galleries, clubs, cafés, museums, music groups and sports clubs means that the city really does offer something for everyone.
With a population of 190,000, York is big enough to feel cosmopolitan but small enough not to be overwhelming. It is a friendly place you can settle into quickly, but which still feels fresh and exciting once you get to know it well.
York was recently voted Europe's top international tourist destination, and its historic streets bustle with visitors from all around the world.
In 2008, the city also scooped the Best UK City award for the second year in a row. There is plenty to impress: the famously soaring Gothic Minster, the winding medieval streets, the specialist stores and boutiques.