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The local area guide to living in Strensall

Strensall rests amidst the lowland heath of North Yorkshire on the River Foss, under the local authority of the City of York. On average, the quality of living is better than 80% of the rest of England, and in some areas as high as 99%.

The village has plenty of land and an excellent collection of sports facilities, including two playing fields, two football pitches, an astro pitch, three tennis courts and five small parks. It cosies up to Strensall Common, a Special Area of Conservation maintained by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. In this lovely expanse of lowland heath, there are a variety of habitats that provide homes for over 60 species of birds, many types of interesting insects such as the purple hairstreak butterflies, foxes, hares, Hebridean sheep and Highland cattle, which manage the summer vegetation with dedicated grazing.

Strensall is surrounded by an area of breath-taking natural beauty, full of varied habitats, from forests to wet heath, and close to many National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Beauty and protected conservation areas.

Information about the local residents

Strensall’s population is over 5,000 as of 2013, with many of these being Professionals, Managers and Senior Officials who commute to York for work. In the wider ward, the population reaches over 8,000.

Retired couples make up a large proportion of inhabitants here. However, another interesting group of the population is the hundreds of army personnel and their families, living in the area due to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

The York Golf Club is in Strensall, as is the District Two Strensall Football Club of the York and District Football League. Residents are very active and there is much for them to do, from the many sports and recreation parks to the village hall, where martial arts classes, an adult education program, toddlers’ keep fit classes, indoor bowls and a Monday bingo night all thrive.

Nearby schools

The local primary school is Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy, with the unique history of having been founded in 1718 using the legacy of a local farmer by that name. It also happens to be one of the largest primary schools in York and performs quite well, at 88% of pupils achieving at least level 4 reading, writing and maths. There are plenty of smaller primary schools in the area to choose from as well.

For secondary education and sixth form, Strensall falls in the Huntington School catchment area. This school is high performing and has a large pupillage of 1,500. It also offers free bus transportation for pupils in the area, including services to Strensall.

Getting around

Strensall does not have its own rail station, though it lies on the York to Scarborough line. The closest station is in York, which is well serviced and provides direct links to London King’s Cross/St Pancras. The train journey to London can take anywhere between 1 hour 50 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes depending on which train you take.

York is easy to reach by bus, driving or taxi at only 7 miles away. The First Group bus service operates on route Number 5, from York City Centre to Strensall. You could even walk there in about two hours. While Strensall itself only has quiet, rural and residential roads, it’s very easy to reach the A64 close by, and from there to carry on past York to get to the M1.

Manchester is easy to reach by train or driving and takes 1 hour 23 min at 70 miles away from York. Sheffield is about the same distance, only slightly closer. Leeds is very close at just over half an hour drive, 1 hour 45 minutes by bus, or 23 minutes by train from York. Both Leeds and Manchester have airports.

Local shops

Strensall benefits from three grocery shops, three pubs, a bakery, Chinese takeaway, a medical centre, a community library, a post office and, importantly, a fish & chip shop.

In nearby York, the offering is fantastic, including designer shops, independent boutiques, antique stores, the York Designer Outlet, Coppergate Shopping Centre, and popular high street names, including John Lewis and M&S.


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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