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Welcome to York: our city of contrasts

York is a contemporary, vibrant and student-friendly city, renowned for its rich history and heritage.

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.

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This stunning film of York will make you fall in love with the city.

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. 

Read our city guide

Culture in York

York is the UK's first, and so far only, UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. It's also known for its imaginative, fun and exciting festivals, like the annual Festival of Ideas, a University event which attracts inspiring speakers from all over the world.

York: the first human right's city 360° virtual tour

King's Manor

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.

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King's Manor 360° virtual tour

Getting around

To travel between campus and the city centre, you can jump on the fast and frequent bus service which takes 20 minutes (outside peaks times).

If you'd prefer to cycle it takes about 15 minutes and by foot it's around 30 minutes, depending on how fast you can go!

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.

Where next?

Continue your online tour and explore our campus and city centre.

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The best way to see our campus and city is in person.

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