New Homes in North Yorkshire
A beautiful part of England full of historical cities and National Parks
From the cobbled streets of York to Middlesbrough, Harrogate and Scarborough, North Yorkshire is a large and diverse region of the UK with lots of things to do and places to see in the local area. The North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales lie within the region, so there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors as well as exploring the cultural cities and historic sites, all just a short distance from your new home in North Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire through the ages
Although North Yorkshire only formally became a recognised region in 1996, the area has a fascinating history that stretches right back through the centuries. York itself has evidence of settlements all the way back to 8,000 BC, with the city gradually growing through the Roman, Viking and Norman era. In the 14th and 15th centuries York became increasingly wealthy, and although the city was damaged during the English Civil War, it quickly grew to become one of the largest cities in England behind Norwich and London.
Harrogate dates back to the 14th century, and became known as ‘The English Spa’ by 1596, while Middlesbrough began life in the Anglo-Saxon period, but was still a very small farming community up until the early 19th century when it was developed into a town. Thanks to the iron and steel industry, the town grew rapidly and today is the second largest place in North Yorkshire.
Some of North Yorkshire’s most notable historic sites include York Minster, Fountains Abbey, Peasholm Park and Studley Royal Park. You can also learn more about local history by visiting York Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum, the Royal Armouries Museum and the National Coal Mining Museum for England.
Must-know info for families
For house buyers moving to North Yorkshire with children there are lots of excellent schools in the local area. Some of the best schools in the region include Naburn C of E Primary School, Cundall Manor School, Queen Ethelburga’s College, The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s, Queen Margaret’s School, Fulford School and St Peter’s School in York, while Harrogate is home to Killinghall C of E Primary School, Pannal Community Primary School, Rossett School, Harrogate Grammar School, and St. Aidan’s CE High School. Ripon Grammar School is also rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
If your children are older, North Yorkshire is home to some of the country’s most highly-esteemed universities including the University of York, York St John University and Teesside University.
Places to see and things to do
When it comes to family entertainment, there’s lots to see and do in North Yorkshire, including Flamingo Land in Malton, Lightwater Valley in Ripon, the Whale Watching Centre in Whitby and Newham Grange Country Farm in Middlesbrough. Other great child-friendly attractions include Nidderdale Llamas, Eden Camp Museum, York’s Chocolate Story and Stump Cross Caverns.
What about business?
While North Yorkshire is traditionally a mining and trade region, there are now a wide range of industries within the region, spanning everything from retail to construction and food processing. There are a number of big businesses based in North Yorkshire, including Shepherd Building Group, Hocomm, Blenheim Group and The West Retail Group in York, R&R Ice Cream in Northallerton, McCain Foods in Scarborough, and Principal Hotels and CNG Group in Harrogate. Other major employers include the local universities, hospitals, schools and councils.
For commuters, the main road going through the centre of the region from north to south is the A1 (M), with offshoots to the towns and cities. When the roads are busy it’s easiest to make use of the local rail services, with the train journey from Harrogate to York taking around 40 minutes, and the journey from Scarborough to York taking just under 50 minutes.
If you’re travelling further afield, the train from York to London takes around 2 hours, which is much quicker than the equivalent car journey. For journeys abroad, the new Leeds East Airport is the region’s only airport, while Leeds Bradford Airport is just a short drive away.