Market towns in North Yorkshire

You are utterly spoiled for choice if you want to visit historic market towns in North Yorkshire. There are so many wonderful towns you can visit and many of them still have regular markets you can enjoy.

Check out some of our market towns in North Yorkshire and start planning your trip.

stall selling fruit in a market town in North Yorkshire


Malton is a stunning market town that has carved a name for itself round these parts as a food lover’s paradise. They have a monthly food market that takes place on the second Saturday of the month. You can pick up lots of delicious, local produce, enjoy the street food, and listen to local musical entertainment.

They also host the Marathon du Malton, a 10k route that participants can take their time to complete, enjoying the tasty food and drink along the course.


The charming town of Richmond has a few different markets for you to enjoy. As well as a monthly farmers market and a permanent indoor market, the town has an outdoor market each Saturday in the market place. It’s full of produce and products from local businesses and you’re sure to find a tasty treat.


Every Friday, there’s a vibrant market in Easingwold selling wonderful local produce, plants, and items from local businesses. The town also welcomes a farmer’s market every third Wednesday of the month, so make sure you time you visit carefully so you can get to both events!


Skipton offers you lots of chances to find a real bargain and support local business. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, head to the high street and browse the market and find some treasures you won’t get anywhere else. The traders rotate too, so you never know what you’ll find on market day!

cakes on a market stall in North Yorkshire


Thirsk isn’t satisfied with just one weekly market, they have two! Every Monday and Saturday you can head into Thirsk market place and browse stalls packed full of fantastic, local fruits and vegetables, candles, clothing, hardware, health items and even computer games.


The end of the working week in Leyburn is made all the more exciting with their Friday market. Leyburn is also a little special on the market scene as they also have one of the largest auction marts that has some truly spectacular items for sale.


There’s so much to do and see in Helmsley – it’s a real must visit when you’re in North Yorkshire. Their market takes place every Friday in the ancient market square and is more often than not accompanied by an indoor craft market in the old town hall. Plus, on the fourth Friday of every month, there’s also an artisan food market you won’t want to miss.


Head to Masham on Wednesday or Saturday and you’ll find the cobbled streets covered with stalls selling the best their market traders have to offer. Highlights include local cheeses, drinks from small, independent breweries and distilleries, and local plants. Set in the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, this is not one to be missed.

outdoor market stall


Northallerton is one that’s often overlooked by tourists to the area and we’re not sure why – it’s fantastic! The town has a local market every Wednesday and Saturday along both sides of the high street, which is pedestrianised during market times to allow for ease of social distancing.


You’ll find everything you need to make a delicious meal full of local produce at the weekly market in Knaresborough. Every Wednesday, their market offers fruit and veg, fresh fish and local meats, cheeses and eggs.

You can treat yourself to local cakes and bakes, a new outfit, or some flowers. They even have home essentials, pet products and phone accessories. Don’t miss this amazing market in a town packed full of history.


Pickering’s local market takes place every Monday in the historic town. It’s very popular with the locals and the town’s tourists and offers a fantastic selection of products from local businesses. You can also find a farmer’s market in town on the first Thursday of the month with lots of tasty treats from the area.

In Pickering, you’ll also be able to enjoy their permanent hidden market and indoor shops.

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