You really are spoilt for choice in Yorkshire. There are so many beautiful towns and cities that are entirely unique and offer a little something for everyone.

If it is a big city, cosmopolitan lifestyle you want, look no further than Leeds. If you’re aiming to settle somewhere quieter within beautiful surroundings and boasting a rich history and heritage, Ilkley could be perfect for you. Or perhaps York, with the feel of the big city, and yet with quiet and peaceful green spaces just a short distance from the city centre, and of course a fascinating history to immerse yourself in.

Read on for our take on the best places to live in Yorkshire.


Leeds is home to one of the biggest legal and financial hubs in the country, with many national and international firms enjoying a presence here. It’s not all work, work, work however. After a long day in the office, you can relax and unwind in one of the many eclectic bars and restaurants within the city. Leeds really is an exciting blend of culinary cuisines and delights, with something for everyone’s taste and budget.

If it’s fine dining you’re after, The Man Behind The Curtain is the place to be. If it’s pub grub, take your pick, and if street food is calling you, head over to Trinity Kitchen to sample the fascinating food carts that change monthly. Once the weekend arrives, you can be out of the city in no time at all, with the glorious Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep.

If you want to see where Last Of The Summer Wine (the longest running sitcom in the world) was filmed, head up to Holmfirth. For those feeling particularly energetic and seeking a challenge, try tackling the Three Peaks; or for a more relaxed stroll, simply head to one of the many beautiful parks Leeds has to offer. For more information on the best places to live in Leeds, read our guide here.

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Ilkley is a beautiful part of the world and has been a highly sought-after area for many years, with house prices continuing to reflect this. Located approximately 17 miles north-west of Leeds and 12 miles north of Bradford, it is surrounded by countryside and stunning landscapes, with a bustling town centre. With easy and convenient transport links into Leeds, its not surprising that more and more families are looking to move to Ilkley and settle in this beautiful part of Yorkshire.

For fans of the great outdoors, Ilkley does not disappoint. Take a stroll on Iklely moor or stroll out a little further afield to find the Yorkshire Dales. Dotted with charming little villages and rolling green hills, the Yorkshire Dales epitomise the quintessential British countryside.

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The Sunday Times identified York as the ‘Best Place to Live’ in 2018. With its rich historical heritage and spectacular architecture, we can see why. York has a great deal to offer anyone thinking of moving there, including excellent shopping opportunities, top nightlife, low unemployment, and access to high-quality education.

A modest 105 square miles in size, York is surprisingly compact, allowing for easy and convenient travel. Both Edinburgh and London are less than two-and-a-half hours away on the coast mainline, with Leeds and Harrogate only a short journey either by rail or car.

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