Packed with places to eat, drink and shop
Major attractions and hidden gems
Contemporary culture in creative venues
Festivals and events all year round
With its compact size and cobblestone streets, York is packed with historic architecture, atmospheric cafés and independent shops. There will always be something new for you to discover.
York on the map
Just a two hour journey from Manchester airport - it's easy to get here. York is also a great base from which to explore the countryside of North Yorkshire and visit other major UK cities. You could be in London in two hours and Edinburgh in just two and a half hours.
City of contrasts
You can enjoy the best of both worlds in York. At the heart of the city is the iconic York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. But away from the obvious attractions, York holds a treasure trove of hidden gems.
The city's thriving food scene is a mix of independent cafés, major restaurants and street food outlets. York's creative venues offer everything from music and theatre to film and comedy.
Campus meets city in the beautiful and historic King's Manor, the medieval home of Henry VIII’s Council of the North, located right next door to the iconic York Minster.
Based here are:
- The Department of Archaeology
- The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- The Centre for Medieval Studies.
Cycling in York
Lots of students choose to get a bike. York is one of the UK’s most cycle-friendly cities - it's flat and there are plenty of cycle paths and bike lanes connecting the city and the campus. Discover York's cycle routes (britishcycling.org).
You can buy a second-hand bike on campus, or from one of the many cycle shops in York. To keep you safe, our Bike Doctor offers free bike safety checks once a month. We also have plenty of cycle stores all over campus.
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