We own and look after some of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in York.
A charity, property company and custodian of over 75 historic buildings, from our early beginnings in 1945, today, York Conservation Trust properties include some of York’s most iconic buildings, together with many flats and small houses, commercial premises and a small number of fully furnished guest apartments. If you are in the City of York, you won’t be far from one of our buildings.
We own and maintain the buildings we protect and conserve, leasing them to people as homes, commercial premises and holiday apartments. In this way, the revenue we generate supports the cost of building maintenance and our future conservation work.
Here you can find out about us, our history and all our buildings, together with our team, our governance and partners. You can also learn about our current work and plans.
Most of our commercial tenants are local and independent, though we do have some larger retail tenants whose names can be found on many of the UK’s high streets. Within our buildings you’ll find dentists, doctors, a registry office, a Presbyterian congregation, newsagents, restaurants, cafes, a top regional theatre, a museum, jewellers, a school of acupuncture, tourist information office, ironmongers, skateboard suppliers, gardeners, archaeologists, accountants, antique dealers, photographers and lawyers…
“... York is one of the UK’s most architecturally characterful cities. And thanks to organisations such as the Trust, that’s how it’ll stay.”Tom Ough, The Telegraph