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Northallerton Tourist Information

Northallerton is the county town and administrative centre of North Yorkshire and is reputed to be one of the most prosperous market towns in the whole of the country. Markets have been very important to Northallerton’s prosperity - it has held a Wednesday market since before 1100 AD - and it still holds markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when stalls line both sides of the broad High Street.

Originally a centre for the trading of horses, sheep and cattle from Northumbria and Scotland, and local produce, the connection with agriculture is still very strong and sheep were sold in the High Street market up to around 80 years ago. The cattle market - yes, livestock are still sold in Northallerton - is now held in a part of the town called Applegarth.

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If you aren’t quite ready to take a premium quality bull back as a holiday gift, there are now plenty of other opportunities for shopping - Northallerton has a large department store and a host of interesting shops and boutiques in Barkers Arcade.

Northallerton has some marvellous places to eat, including the justly famous Betty's Café Tea Rooms. In fact, it has gained something of a name for gastronomic delights, as it is also home to Lewis & Cooper - the award-winning gourmet food store and tea rooms.

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Northallerton is at the northern end of the Vale of Mowbray, south of Darlington and Middlesbrough and 25 miles north of York, and so is ideal for visiting the North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire coast, and for Hartlepool's Historic Quay.
And, to bring things right up to date, there’s a modern Leisure Centre at Stone Cross in Northallerton - complete with a leisure pool and sauna.

Places to visit in Northallerton:

Northallerton Market

Falconry UK Birds of Prey Centre, Thirsk

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton

The World of James Herriot Visitor Centre, Thirsk

Thirsk Museum, Thirsk

White Horse of Kilburn, Sutton Bank

Robert Thompson's Craftsmen Visitor Centre, Kilburn

Sion Hill Hall, Kirby Wiske

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum, Great Ayton

Kiplin Hall, Scorton

Bedale Hall Museum, Bedale

Big Sheep & Little Cow Farm, Aiskew

Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar or Bedale

Croft Circuit, Croft on Tees