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The historic city of York is in the traditional county town of Yorkshire, a picturesque county in the north of England. People have lived in York since before the Roman conquest, and the city was famously home to the Vikings. York was built on the banks of the Rivers Ouse and Fosse, and there are many historic attractions in the area. York Minster is perhaps the most famous, a spectacular Gothic cathedral in the city centre. The first railway arrived in York in 1839, opening the city up to the Industrial Revolution. Today, tourism is the most prominent industry in the city, and in 1963 it was designated as a conservation area. York is bordered by the Pennines and North York Moors which are very popular with walkers. Service industries form an important part of the economy of York, providing local employment and support to growing businesses.
Setting up your business here
Yorks central location in the north of England, midway between London and Edinburgh, makes it a popular location for businesses. York is well served by long distance trunk roads, with motorways linking the city to Liverpool, Scarborough and Hull. York is also a major railway centre, with lines running to the south and also Scotland. There are many options for serviced offices in York, both in historic buildings and purpose built spaces. James Street is the longest running business centre, offering office facilities, conferencing and networking opportunities. Some businesses already located in York include Trustmarque Solutions, Rowntrees and Nestlé UK.
Things to do in York
York is a thriving historic centre which has many attractions for locals and visitors alike. The Jorvik Viking Centre transports visitors into the world of the Vikings. Sightseeing bus and boat tours are very popular, and Cliffords Tower, home to medieval kings of England, has panoramic views of the city. York Designer Outlet is a shopping highlight with on-sight parking, a contemporary food quarter and a park-and-ride into the city centre. There are also several specialist food shops selling the best of local produce in York. Fine dining can be enjoyed at the Ivy restaurant in the Grange Hotel. For something a bit more relaxed, the Punch Bowl offers traditional pub food in a city centre location. Lovers of theatre can enjoy a wide range of programmes at the York Theatre Royal, which is conveniently located close to hotels and restaurants. The Grand Opera House is a popular venue, and a great place to impress your clients. For those with an active lifestyle York Sports Village provides world class fitness and leisure facilities.