North Yorkshire

Area guide

North Yorkshire is a county with strong culture and history; forty percent of it is covered by National Parks, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.


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It also benefits from a stretch of beautiful coastline and many picturesque cities, towns and villages. It is well connected to the other parts of the North, as well as major cities in the rest of the UK, by both road and rail.

The Strutt & Parker office in Harrogate covers the majority of North Yorkshire and sells a huge range of properties from flats overlooking the Stray in Harrogate, to charming cottages in the National Parks to huge country piles in their own parkland. We also have an office in Northallerton and the two offices combine a depth of experience in land management, farming and a development and new homes team, advising clients across the region.

Things to do in North Yorkshire

Bustling towns and cities
The county’s main cities and towns provide a wealth of things to do in North Yorkshire, with York, Harrogate, and Northallerton all boasting lovely architecture, good eateries and many museums to investigate, all of which hold fascinating histories and much more.

A jaw-dropping natural landscape
The North York Moors National Park is made up of 554 square miles of stunning shocking purple heather moorland, and provides gently rolling hills for as far as the eye can see. It is a beautiful and interesting natural landscape, which gives visitors an experience like no other park in the country.

Most of the 683 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales comprise another National Park, equally beautiful and well enjoyed, by both locals and tourists; for hiking, cycling, picnicking and just generally enjoying the fresh air, unspoilt landscape and wonderful views. It’s safe to say if you enjoy the outdoor air, you won’t be stuck for things to do in North Yorkshire!

Charming seaside towns
In addition to this huge area of delightful countryside, North Yorkshire also has a stretch of rugged and beautiful coastline, dotted with charming seaside resorts such as Whitby, Scarborough and Filey. The area is characterised by imposing cliffs, huge expanses of family-friendly, award-winning beaches and many hidden coves, plus fantastic opportunities for walking with unrivalled views; the sea on one side and the Moors on the other.

Why we love North Yorkshire

Pubs & restaurants
North Yorkshire boasts a fantastic collection of pubs and restaurants ranging from friendly rural inns providing some of the best locally brewed ales to thirsty walkers, to excellent restaurants serving food that will leave diners in awe.

If you find yourself visiting the friendly town of Harrogate (twice voted “Happiest place to live in the UK”) a trip to the excellent The Hotel du Vin is highly recommended, as is the luxurious Rudding Park Hotel. For a slightly different experience The Crab and Lobster near Thirsk offers visitors a luxury international experience without even having to leave North Yorkshire.

Annual events
There are a variety of action-packed annual events across the county, all showcasing the very best North Yorkshire has to offer. One of the biggest attractions of the calendar year is The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate, an agricultural delight that has something for every visitor.

Secret spots & country walks
There are very few places that can rival North Yorkshire for the great outdoors, and with 40% of the county being National Parks it’s easy to see why. The North Yorkshire Moors provide an excellent day out for any visitor wanting to immerse themselves in some of the country’s best natural beauty.

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Properties for sale in North Yorkshire

Key villages & towns in North Yorkshire

Schools in the area

There are excellent schools in North Yorkshire, from well-regarded mixed comprehensives to state schools with glowing reputations.

North Yorkshire is littered with schools that are held in very high regard. The independent Ashville College in Harrogate is one shining example, with comprehensive schools such as St Aidan’s Church of England High School and St John Fisher Catholic High Schools equally known for their fantastic quality of education.

Skipton Girls High School and Ripon Grammar School are both well-renowned state schools. Other very good independents include Aysgarth School, Cundall Manor, and Queen Ethelburgas College, as well as Queen Margaret’s School in York and Queen Mary’s School in Thirsk.

For a more comprehensive list of schools in the area we recommend the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

By train, there is a direct service from York to London in less than two hours, and there are also direct trains to London from Harrogate (2 hours 45) and Northallerton (from 2 hours 30), amongst others.

By train

All of North Yorkshire’s key towns are readily accessible to the A1 and the M1, which links Edinburgh to London, meaning that access by car to the national motorway network is generally easy.

North Yorkshire has the wonderful combination of bustling towns and stunning countryside, sitting side by side, and is home to the some of the best walking and riding spots in the country. North Yorkshire also offers unrivalled country sports.