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Living in Strensall: The local area guide

The village and ward of Strensall lies along the River Foss in the lowland heath and green spaces of North Yorkshire. In this suburb of the City of York, only seven miles away, the quality of living is rated better than over 80% of the rest of England, with some areas as high as 99% better.

The Special Area of Conservation Strensall Common rests on the edge of the village. Maintained by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, this unique expanse of heathland is actually composed of a variety of habitats that house some 60 species of birds, many species of insects such as the purple hairstreak butterfly, foxes and hares. Hebridean sheep and Highland cattle roam the Common and graze the vegetation in the summer.

Strensall’s interesting history as a tucked away corner of land for various British gentry and its wider surroundings of awe-inspiring natural beauty, close as it is to many National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Beauty and protected conservation areas, set it apart as a unique suburb to call home.


As of 2013, Strensall’s population has reached over 5,000, and over 8,000 in the wider semi-rural ward. The population of primarily British inhabitants are most commonly occupied as Professionals, Managers and Senior Officials who commute to York.

There is also a healthy population of retired couples, as well as several hundred army personnel and their families from the resident Queen Elizabeth Barracks, which in all makes for an interesting and varied community.


Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy, the local primary school, is something of a point of pride for the area, founded in 1718 from the legacy of local farmer Robert Wilkinson. One of the largest primary schools in York, it performs quite well with around 88% of pupils achieving, at least, level 4 in reading, writing and maths.

Other smaller primary schools are also in the area should you prefer a smaller setting for your child’s education. York education on average performs nearly 10% higher than the national average.

The Huntington School is the closest secondary and sixth form option, though again there are other options around York.


Strensall lies on the York to Scarborough line, though it no longer has its own active rail station. York is the closest station, which is no trouble to get to and is well serviced, and provides direct links to London King’s Cross/St Pancras. The train to London takes between 1 hour 50 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes depending on which train you catch.

York can be reached easily by bus, car or taxi. The First Group bus service operates a route from York City Centre to Strensall, and you could walk the distance in about two hours if you fancy a stroll. While Strensall benefits from quiet rural roads, the A64 is easily reached, which can take you to the M1.

The airports of Leeds and Manchester are within very reasonable distances. Manchester can be reached easily via train or car and takes 1 hour 20 minutes from York. Leeds is the closest at about a 35-minute drive, 1 hour 45 minutes by bus or 23 minutes by train from York. Sheffield is also within reasonable distance, only slightly closer than Manchester.

Amenities and shopping

Strensall maintains an excellent array of sports facilities, including two playing fields, two football pitches, an astro pitch, three tennis courts and five small parks. The York Golf Club is based in Strensall, using the Strensall golf course, as is the District Two Strensall Football Club of the York and District Football League. Residents are very active; the village hall is a happening place, holding martial arts classes, a Masonic Lodge, an adult education program, toddlers’ keep fit classes, indoor bowls and a bingo night on Mondays.

The village has three grocery shops, three pubs, a bakery, Chinese takeaway, a medical centre, a community library, a post office and a fish & chip place.

Nearby York will leave no shopper wanting, offering designer shops, independent boutiques and antique stores. It is home to The York Designer Outlet, Coppergate Shopping Centre and many high street names including John Lewis, M&S, Fenwick and Mulberry.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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