Life in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is renowned for its scenery, remote rural landscapes and quaint villages and market towns; however the County has another side, beyond the rolling hills and areas of outstanding natural beauty there are…

  • two lively theme parks in the County, offering action packed family days out at Lightwater
    Valley and Flamingo Land.
  • six Michelin Star restaurants in Yorkshire, 3 of which are in North Yorkshire, more than any other region outside of London, providing fine dining for those who enjoy the best.
  • areas of deprivation; Scarborough is the most deprived district in North Yorkshire ranking 83 out of England’s 326 Local Authorities, bringing challenge for educational aspiration and attainment in these areas. Source: NY Partnerships.

  • Harrogate's Turkish Baths and Health Spa which is one of only seven remaining 19th Century Turkish baths in the UK. The Baths have been luxuriously restored to the highest of standards offering a fine, relaxing experience for those seeking a day of retreat.
  • levels of GCSE attainment that are better than the England average (2014); evidence that the County has high standards and a good reputation with an ability to achieve. Source: Public Health England 2014.
  • lower than average levels of deprivation in North Yorkshire, however about 11.9% (11,900) children live in poverty. Source: Public Health England 2014, demonstrating that a significant number of young people in the County require support, not least in education, to help them progress to be independent adults.


Living and travelling in North Yorkshire

There are plenty of options when considering transport throughout North Yorkshire with major roads and rail networks connecting the County.


For an area as rural as North Yorkshire, there are impressive road links with major roads such as the A1(M) and A19 linking from North to South and the A64 from East to West. Roads generally run freely with no daily congestion apart from a little at peak times in the main towns of Harrogate and Scarborough.

"I love the lack of traffic queing and congestion in Scarborough, compared to West Yorkshire" Teacher, Lindhead School, Scarborough


Rail access the county is fast and frequent. The main east coast line runs through the centre of the County with stops at York, Thirsk and Northallerton, these frequent and fast trains linkthe County to London and Scotland, calling North at Newcastle and South via Peterborough.  Regular transpennine trains run to Manchester Airport via Leeds from the main line stations.  The majority of towns in the County are accessible by rail from York including Scarborough, Selby, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Northallerton and Whitby.


There are also several bus companies operating in North Yorkshire, connecting villages to towns, as well as frequently taking people on their journey in and around the town centres. You can plan your journey on the Traveline