York has topped a prestigious list of the best places to live in Britain for 2018.
The walled city in North Yorkshire, home to York Minster, has topped The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list because of its combination of ancient beauty and a recent modernisation.
York comes out in top spot due to its emergence as a mini metropolis, with trendy cafes and destination restaurants, innovative tech and media firms, and a dynamic workforce, the newspaper said.
The list takes into account a wide range of factors, from jobs, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops.
“You can’t deny the romantic beauty of York,” writes the guide. “The period buildings, meandering river and the iconic Minster have ensured this city a billing in every Best Places list.”
“But it has hitherto been denied the top spot because it has always been a bit, well, old – and we’re not just talking about the 2,000 years of history that started with the Romans. No longer.
“York today is a mini metropolis, with cool cafes, destination restaurants and innovative companies – plus the fastest internet in Britain.”
York has ambitions to become one of the best-connected hubs in Europe, has an average house price of £301,320 and a population of about 200,000, according to the guide.
The methodology uses statistics, but also the knowledge of The Sunday Times's expert panel.
Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor, said: "Choosing the right location to put down roots is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make.
"Which is why we're here to help - and what Best Places to Live in Britain is all about.
"We're championing York this year in honour of its bold approach to bringing the historic city into the 21st century without losing any character or community spirit."