Best places to live in North Yorkshire

Apr 27, 2022
York City Centre

With around 40% covered by National Parks and swathes of beautiful open countryside, North Yorkshire is a brilliant place to live. If you’re moving from another region or are looking to relocate to a bigger city like Harrogate or York, there are plenty of opportunities here. Below we’ve highlighted some of the best places to live in North Yorkshire.


Lying along the banks of the River Ouse, York is a beautiful historic city that blends Roman and Viking heritage. Its cobbled streets and narrow alleys give a magical atmosphere, but it’s the 13th-century cathedral that makes it really special. The city is also a major railway hub, linking the main sites in Yorkshire together.


Found right on the edge of the Vale of York, Boroughbridge is a pleasant market town along the River Tutt. It is conveniently located for access to London and Edinburgh, as well as nearby Yorkshire cities like Harrogate and Leeds. If you’d like to live within the area, our Drovers Court development is not to be missed.


Often voted as one of the most picturesque places in North Yorkshire, Knaresborough is nestled at the foot of craggy cliffsides on the banks of the River Nidd. It offers plenty of pretty cafes and quirky boutiques and boasts superb transport links to York and Leeds.


Sitting on the River Ure, just over 10 miles from Harrogate, Ripon is a destination of choice for many. Its majestic cathedral – one of the oldest in the country - scenic walks on the canal, and the beautiful Newby Hall and Gardens are just a few reasons why the city is considered one of the happiest places in the county. Don’t miss our Orchard at West Park site for an elegant collection of 3 and 4 bedroom homes.


Midway between the natural wonders of North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, Dishforth offers an authentic village life experience. It is surrounded by wonderful open countryside and local parks while also offering great links into Leeds and Harrogate. If you’re looking for a country escape, Dishforth could be what you’re after.


Dreaming of life by the sea? Look no further than Whitby. This pleasant coastal town lies in the Scarborough district and boasts a rich maritime and mineral heritage. Famous for its strong relation to Stoker’s Dracula, the place has always embraced its Gothic roots, whose highlight is Whitby Abbey ruins – a 7th-century monastery later turned into a Benedectine abbey.


Voted as the best place to live in 2018 by the Sunday Times, Skipton is a pretty market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Historic, charming and timeless, every taste is catered for here. If you love spending time outdoor, you’ll have the Forest of Bowland and the Embsay Reservoir on your doorstep. If you’re a history buffer instead, make sure you visit Skipton Castle.