Retirement homes in North Yorkshire

From stately homes and sandy coastlines to some of the biggest expanses of unspoilt countryside in England, North Yorkshire is a top spot for choosing a rural retirement property

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Explore a part of England with a deep history to uncover

With immense cathedrals and intriguing ruins, you'll find all sorts of curious historic sites around North Yorkshire.

You can visit the remains of the 12th-century Fountains Abbey, one of the best-preserved monasteries in the country, admire the ornate Gothic architecture of York Minster, or take a tour of the massive country house and grounds of the Baroque Castle Howard, a structure that took more than a hundred years to build.

You'll find over a hundred locomotives at the National Railway Museum in York, steam engines, mechanical organs and historic fairground rides at the Scarborough Fair Collection, or telegraphs, X-ray tubes and live demonstrations of 19th-century physics at the Museum of Victorian Science in Whitby.

Retire to a county that's packed with natural beauty

From the picturesque valleys and hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the pure sands at Filey Beach, there are plenty of scenic landscapes and diverse species to admire around North Yorkshire.

You can explore over 200 square miles of caves, reservoirs and woodland at the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, visit Britain's first seaside resort by the family-friendly waters of Scarborough Beach, or hike across the dramatic cliffs and unspoilt uplands of the North York Moors.

You'll find seals, sharks and penguins at the Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, owls, hawks and eagles at the York Bird of Prey Centre, and terns, lapwings and peregrines in the wetlands of the RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve.

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Retirement Living - The perfect blend for many buyers - your own apartment, maintenance taken care of and the chance to socialise.

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Retirement Living PLUS - All the benefits of Retirement Living plus support and on-site catering for those wanting a little more help.

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Lifestyle Living - This pioneering concept provides luxurious homes in stunning locations for active over-55s.

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Get out and about with North Yorkshire's arts, culture and shopping

Whether you're looking for classic opera or modern art, there's lots to keep you busy when you buy a retirement home in North Yorkshire.

You can see classical music and children's theatre at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, the UK's first central-stage venue, opera and live bands at the 1000-capacity Royal Hall in Harrogate, or drama and musicals at the York Theatre Royal.

When you feel like a bit of shopping, you'll find a huge range of boutiques and street entertainers on the busy shopping street of Stonegate in York, over 120 leading brands at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, or a variety of local producers and speciality shops at the street markets spread around the county, such as the Skipton Market or the York Market.

Keep up an active retirement in the open spaces of North Yorkshire

From adventurous water-sports to leisurely hikes, you'll find plenty of ways to stay fit and healthy around the county.

You can swim, surf and sail around the beaches and bays near Scarborough and the North York Moors, explore endless miles of trails and paths around Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, or just practise your swing at nearly 50 golf courses and over 25 tennis clubs across the area.

If you like the sound of expansive moors and valleys, historic castles and serene beaches, take a look at some of our coastal retirement homes in North Yorkshire.

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My son wanted me to move a bit closer to where he lives, and Atherstone is very pretty, so I was easily persuaded. I was a little bit worried about some parts of the move, but McCarthy & Stone’s Smooth Move service made it so easy for me, I had signed within a fortnight!