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About Dunnington

Dunnington is an award-winning village of 3000 people on the eastern outskirts of York. Complete with handy amenities, two pubs, and a very active community. It is a popular location for young professionals or growing families, with good connections for work with York, Leeds, East Yorkshire and through to the East Coast holiday towns.

You will find everything from spacious family homes to small bungalows in this former Britain in Bloom winner. The heart of the village is a historic conservation area.


Dunnington is well served by a doctors surgery, a dentist, and a local library and a village hall (The Reading Rooms).

Churches include those for Methodists, Protestants and Anglicans. The Grade: II* listed Church of England parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas, and dates in part from the late 11th century with later additions and alterations to the 19th.

The village school is Dunnington Church of England Primary School. Neighbouring areas have secondary schools, including Fulford School, Archbishop Holgate’s School which are served by regular school buses..

Things to do outdoors

Popular areas for walking in the area are the beautiful Hassacarr Nature Reserve – which has been awarded Local Nature Reserve status, a memorial garden in the centre of the village and Hagg Wood a historic woodland celebrated for its bluebells in Spring and wildlife throughout the year. The village also has a well-equipped outdoor children’s play park.

Hassacarr pond and nature reserve, Dunnington

Eating & drinking

The Cross Keys is the historic pub in the centre of the village but it is complemented by the Twine & Barrel (formerly The windmill) located on the A1079 Hull Road.¬† Both are great for a drink, bite to eat or an evening out. Dunnington Sports Club also has a popular bar, and a recent addition to the village is the Old Butcher’s Coffee Shop. The village also has a pizza take away open in the evenings. Just outside the village, but still in the parish, is the award-winning Scrap Box fish and chip restaurant on the A1079.


Within the village there are a number of independent local retailers including a newsagent, an artisan bakery, an interior design showroom, two hairdressers and a beauty salon. Also in Dunnington, there is a luxury car dealership, a petrol filling station, a hand car wash, a Costcutter supermarket, a post office and a pharmacy.

Where to stay in Dunnington

Dunnington has two independent Bed & Breakfasts located on the A1079 just south of the village. If you are camping or caravaning, Dunnington also has a touring caravan park. The village also has several AirBnB accommodations.


Dunnington has been the home of Interior Designers, Fabric Gallery and Interiors, for over a decade. It is also home to Fiona Hogg Floral Designs who have worked for the Queen, and Barley Studios, stained glass designers, whose work in collaboration with David Hockney is in Westminster Abbey.

Made in Dunnington, created by Hockney, installed in Westminster Abbey


Dunnington punches well above its weight with regard to sports facilities and performance. It has a large sports club, a gym, and well appointed and successful cricket club. Its lawn tennis, football teams and bowls clubs are very popular and the squash club is home for some top players. Several sports players of national renown have strong connections to Dunnington.


There is also a small industrial park which is home over a dozen businesses including Minster FM radio station as well as the Cost Cutter supermarkets head office and Grimm agricultural machines. It also houses some unusual businesses specialising in guns, beekeeping and high tech laboratory glassware. The industrial estate developed on the site of the former railway station, a famous stop on the “Blackberry Line” (aka Derwent Valley Light Railway).

Transport links to Dunnington

Dunnington is just six miles from York and connected by the A1079 to Hull and A166 to Bridlington. The FirstGroup bus number 10 goes to the city through the village on its way to York city centre and the train station. Leeds Bradford International Airport is just an hour away.

National cycle route Route 66 passes through the centre of the village on its way from Manchester to Spurn Head. The Way of the Roses coast to coast cycle route from Morecombe to Bridlington also follows the same route through the village.

Cycling Route 66, Way of the Roses through Dunnington, York

“Dunnington in Bloom”

The village has been an active participant in the “Britain in Bloom” and “Yorkshire in Bloom” competitions¬† winning numerous prizes over the last decade. Every year a huge volunteer effort ensures that Dunnington looks great during the summer and again at Christmas. Each year we contribute to the funding of Dunnington in Bloom.

Outside view of Fabric Gallery & Interiors showroom on a sunny day in Dunnington

What’s On in Dunnington?

The village is lucky to have numerous events throughout the year ranging from quiz nights, film shows, open garden events and charity events to large scale events such as the annual Fayre and Bonfire organised by Dunnington Community Events.

For a village its size, Dunnington has well appointed sporting facilities and these are supported each year by a comprehensive range of fund raising events. The highlight is the Dunnington Fayre, one of the top events in the York summer calendar.

The best way to keep track of everything that is happening around Fabric Gallery & Interiors, here in our village is via the This Is Dunnington facebook page.  If you are coming to visit then there is plenty of free parking and you can find us here.

Welcome to Dunnington,