Market Towns

Market Towns

Discover the best of North Yorkshire's market towns ideally situated between the stunning North Yorkshire Moors and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales...



Richmond is one of Britain’s most beautiful market towns, with its 11th Century castle, fine historic building, large cobbled market place and many hidden corners making it a treasure trove for visitors.You'll find a good choice of pubs and plenty of places to eat, as well as shops to stock up on essentials and gifts, and of course, miles of the best walking and mountain bike country in England.

Be sure to visit the grand castle - set in the heart of the town, from there you can take a stroll around the castle walls, walk along the riverside and take in the falls, which are particularly stunning after a rainy day, then follow the trail along to Richmond Bridge where you can reward yourself with a treat from the award winning bakery found in The Station, a stunning riverside Victorian railway building.

There are a number of interesting walks around Richmond, why not try the Drummer Boy walk for some spectacular views of the River Swale, the Batts and the Castle. On Saturdays make sure you don’t miss the Saturday Market in the Market Place.

The amazing Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle 15 miles from Richmond.

Barnard Castle is a historic, must see market town named after the castle around which it grew up. Experience the rich history, heritage and beauty that the town of Barnard Castle enjoys with plenty to do for all ages.

‘Barney’, as it is locally known, has a unique character, with a flourishing market held on ‘the cobbles’ in the Market Place every Wednesday. The town has many pubs, shops and restaurants along with the chance to discover one of the country’s finest art collections at The Bowes Museum.

Set on a high rock above the River Tees, with fantastic views over the Tees Gorge is Barnard Castle, inspiration for Turner visited by Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell and John Welsey. Try and spot Richard’s boar emblem carved above a window in the inner ward or visit the ‘sensory garden’ of sensory plants and tactile objects or take a riverside stroll and look out for one of the many local kayaking clubs.

This is the perfect destination for a day out in Yorkshire, a stone’s throw away from the heart of Teesdale with picturesque villages and scenery with the High Force waterfalls and the natural beauty of the Pennines nearby.


Northallerton 15 miles from Richmond.

Northallerton is a thriving and bustling, traditional Yorkshire market town with a rich and varied heritage. The town is full of life and is an ideal base for visitors to explore the nearby Dales and Moors, historical cities and picturesque villages.

Along the Georgian high street includes numerous independent shops coupled with high street chains, along with a good mix of eateries from pub grub to fine dining and of course the world famous traditional tea rooms, Bettys. You must try the award winning afternoon tea at Bettys with dainty sandwiches and handmade scones – a Yorkshire classic! There is also a twice weekly market which is popular with visitors and locals alike.

Make sure you make a trip to Lewis & Cooper, the supplier of our ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ luxury hampers – a multi award winning independent gourmet food store, serving the most flavoursome foodie treats, fine wines, gift baskets and luxury hampers.

For a more relaxing way to discover the countryside, The Wensleydale Railway runs between Leeming Bar and Redmire in the Yorkshire Dales, offering a scenic and pleasant journey through Herriot Country. Why not catch the famous steam train to Bolton Castle for a great day out?


Thirsk 25 miles from Richmond.

A traditional North Yorkshire market town ideally situated midway between the stunning North York Moors and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Thirsk is an ideal base for visiting many much loved attractions and exploring the wonderful Yorkshire countryside.

Rolling hills run into spectacular limestone valleys, with historic castles and ancient abbeys offering something for the whole family and at any time of the year. Fancy a day at the races? Thirsk offers a picturesque country racecourse with excellent facilities and high quality flat racing throughout the summer.

Centred around a bustling cobbled market square with a weekly Monday and Saturday market, Thirsk has a charm of its own, essentially unchanged and influenced by the world. Why not take a break from your busy day and pick up some freshly baked bread from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery.

Birthplace of Thomas Lord, founder of Lords cricket Ground and spiritual home of author James Herriott, Thirsk is a Yorkshire legend. Today, the World of James Herriott is an award winning museum which attracts lovers of BBCs All Creatures Great and Small from all around the world - Quite an achievement for a small market town in the Vale of York.


Helmsley 35 miles from Richmond.

Helmsley is the perfect English market town, with its bustling market square featuring charming tea rooms, cosy pubs, Michelin starred fine dining at The Star Inn, consistently voted the favourite Northern restaurant, all surrounded by mile after mile of the beautiful North York Moors.

Soaring above this tranquil town are the dramatic ruins of Helmsley Castle, be sure not to miss the bronzed archers ready to battle! With a 100 foot high tower and substantial medieval, Tudor and Victorian remains, it’s a history lovers delight. Helmsley Walled Gardens are nestled next to Helmsley Castle and offer 5 acres of magnificent garden that encapsulates harmony through its flowers.

The magnificent ruins of Byland Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey are nearby and are well worth a visit.

Or for a more relaxing day out, you must visit The Verbena Spa which has been named one of Tatler’s 101 Spas of the World and is the perfect retreat for a unique revitalising experience!