Great Places to Live in Yorkshire

Whether you love the coast, the countryside or city life Yorkshire has a place everyone can call home. Here is our reyt good list of top places to live in Yorkshire.



Yorkshire is the largest and one of the most well regarded regions in the UK. Home to some of the most popular city destinations in the UK such as York, Harrogate and Leeds; Yorkshire emulates a strong historical and rural heritage.

Traditional Food and Drink including an abundance of Michelin Starred restaurants, historical preservation, miles of lush green space and fame have put Yorkshire on the map. Wildly beautiful and unspoilt, Yorkshire has a place in everyone heart. 

 

Here is New Home Finder's Top Ten list of some great areas to live in Yorkshire: 

Picture endless green fields littered with white sheep, traditional stone houses and white picket fences and you are halfway there! Skipton is one of nature’s hidden gems and there are some amazing places to call home.  On the fringes of the Yorkshire dales, Skipton is wonderfully serene and emulates rural living. A compilation of ancient historical features such as the 900-year old Skipton castle, an idyllic canal, low crime rates and a high street monopolised by local independent stores saw Skipton named one of the best places to live in Britain 2014. 
Otley is a market town which lies in the heart of the Wharfdale Valley.  An abundance of natural scenery and the town’s homage to its historical roots make this town a truly spectacular place to live. Otley hosts street markets three times a week - a tradition dating back to 1222. It is also home to a number of local specialist shops, award winning bakeries and butchers and a number of traditional Yorkshire pubs serving high quality local food and beer. Otley is a great hotspot for families – directly in the catchment area of the highly respected Prince Henry Grammar School. The River Wharf runs through the centre of the town and each year Otley is host to a number of local festivals and activities bringing families and communities together. The town is also renowned for its cycling routes and was host to the Tour de France which passed directly through the town.  

3.  York, North Yorkshire
One of the most loved and highly acknowledged cities in Yorkshire, York is considered one of the most admired postcodes in the region. Renowned for its Viking heritage, cobbled streets, preservation of exquisite architecture and boutique stores; York is the dream location to live for both couples and families alike.  Home to range famous landmarks and tourist attractions including The Railway Museum, York Minster and The Shambles; the city attracts thousands of visitors each year. Centrally located between Edinburgh and London, York is a great location for getting around the rest of the UK. With two Universities, the city is a great hub for higher education. And if all of that isn’t enough – their resident Nestle factory means that when the wind blows in the right direction, the city smells of chocolate! 

4.  Harrogate, North Yorkshire 
Voted the Happiest Place to Live by Rightmove in 2013 and 2014, Harrogate is one of the most prestigious towns in Yorkshire. Pretty gardens, therapeutic spas and boutique shops give this town its unique character and charm. Home to a World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Harrogate has something for everyone – including some of the best private schools in the county. Harrogate has always been a popular location for families with events and attractions for children of all ages such as Knaresbourgh River, Fountains Abbey, Ripon Cathedral, Stockeld Park and Lightwater Valley . The centre of Harrogate is renowned for its high end retailers and shopping experiences. There is also a great collection of fine eateries, pubs and cafes to choose from; making Harrogate a desirable location for many.
 
5.  Richmond, North Yorkshire 
Epitomised by its 1071 castle keep, Richmond [meaning ‘strong hill’] is a vibrant market town set around the River Swale. Often referred to as the Northern Gateway into the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond has a strong warfare and Norman heritage. The Georgian era brought great prosperity to the town and even now the towns Georgian buildings and architecture deliver a rich and tasteful inheritance to the town.  Regarded as having some of the best state schools in the region, a variety of shops, a renowned trading market and stunning scenery; Richmond is a great location for families to live. The river is a local hotspot bringing together families for picnics and BBQ’s and offers a variety of activities for families such as swimming, kayaking and bicycle hire for summer hikes along the river. The Richmond Big festival and May Day Parade are annual traditions which bring together the community to celebrate the town’s culture and history. 

6. Sheffield, South Yorkshire 
The dark horse of Yorkshire Cities, Sheffield is often overlooked as one of the greats. Home to the Peak District – the city is a hybrid of city sophistication and rural tranquillity promoting quality of life at the forefront of its attributes. Celebrated as a safe city with a high population of young professionals – the city praises its engagement with a diverse population for its success. A great illustration of a post-industrialised city revolutionising itself – Sheffield is celebrated for its culture, architecture and creativity. Home of Artic Monkeys and Human League, Sheffield prides itself on harbouring talent and nurturing the Maverick minority. If that isn’t enough - on average housing is 10% cheaper than the national average, proving affordable living and good schools meaning it a great location for families looking for a great quality of life. 

7.  Horsforth, West Yorkshire 
Horsforth is primarily defined by its great schools and reputation making it a hotspot for families. The town has a great community feel with a range of activities for all ages, including Horsforth Hall Park. Just 10 minutes from Leeds City Centre, Horsforth is a world away from bright lights and hurried traffic, but a great location for those looking to commute into the city. There are a wealth of local pubs and restaurants as well as mainstream coffee shops and supermarkets. Only a short ride away from neighbouring towns of Guiseley and Yeadon means there are lots of options when it comes to shopping and dining. Horsforth has great travel links too with its own station which takes you straight into the city centre and is only a 10 minute drive to Leeds Bradford Airport. 

8.  Whitby, North Yorkshire 
From the raw and rugged coastline to quaint fishing towns; Yorkshire is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. Steeped in history and character, the Yorkshire coastline offers more than fairground rides and donkeys – picture award-winning fish and chips, stunning scenery, charming cobbled streets and picture perfect cottages. 
Whitby is our favourite and our eighth most popular place to live in Yorkshire.  It has a rich heritage and the town is distinctively divided by a harbour; with the older part of the town staying true to its roots with cobbled winding streets leading up to the ancient abbey and the newer part of the town offering all the shops and amenities required for modern living. A peaceful haven surrounded by neighbouring costal resorts, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington and within good reach of the city of York; make this a great choice for those craving a seaside resort away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

9.  Beverley, Yorkshire and the Humber
Home to the Yorkshire Wolds and a mirage of ancient market towns – Beverley is Yorkshire’s best kept secret. Voted one of the best places to live in The Sunday Times, Beverley is celebrated for its local history as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. Complete with secret valleys, nature walks, stunning scenery and medieval markets; Beverley is a haven for nature fans, racegoers, history buffs and shoppers. There's plenty to see and do such as a walk around Rowley Manor – a Georgian grade II listed building offering fine dining and the Beverley Art Gallery. Plus there are no end of places to explore in the Yorkshire Wolds – with its award winning walks and serene scenery. The cobbled streets of the town centre offer a labyrinth charming courtyards, independant stores and high street retailers. Just over a 25 minute drive from the quaint seaside resort of Hornsea and 30 minutes from the city of Hull makes Beverley a great location for professionals or those looking to settle down.  
10.  Leeds, West Yorkshire 
The Metropolitan heart of Yorkshire, Leeds is a diverse city with multiple options for every buyer. With over 4,000 acres of green space, it is one of the greenest cities to live in Europe offering a plethora of experiences to suit both families, couples, professionals and students. Leeds is home to some of the biggest head offices in the UK including Rockstar, Northern Gas, Asda Walmart and Arla Foods; and offers 1000s of new work opportunities a year. Leeds has a unique culture based on an integration of an array of communities, arts, festivals and heritage. With 148 separate towns and villages, offering a variety of different lifestyles from traditional rural dwellings to fast paced city living. The city centre has seen vast renovation in the last decade and offers modern and sophisticated experiences from high end shops and award-winning restaurants to niche galleries and theatres.  Away from the centre, Leeds celebrates its Yorkshire green roots in some of the most iconic and picturesque locations such as Roundhay Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Harewood House and Temple Newsam. 

Publish date: 05/01/2017