Traditional Yorkshire Market Town
Northallerton has a rich and varied heritage with some beautiful buildings including the Church of All Saints which dates from 1120 and The Fleece Inn, one of the oldest pubs in the town, and played host to Charles Dickens in the mid 19th Century. Northallerton has a decent mix of eateries from pub grub to some lovely restaurants and traditional tea rooms, including the famous chain, Bettys.
Time for a shop?
There are numerous independent shops coupled with high street chains in Northallerton that are well worth discovering on the wide Georgian High Street. Something of an institution in Northallerton is Barkers. In 1882, at the age of 14, a local farmer's son, William Barker, started his apprenticeship with John Oxendale, who had a small draper's shop in Northallerton. As William Barker's Career progressed, the shop became known as Oxendale and Barker, and eventually Barkers. Today Barkers comprises the High Street Department Store, a 20,000 sq ft Distribution Centre, and the edge of town Home Furnishing Store. Both Retail stores have 40,000 of sales area and in total over 250 local people are employed.
Lewis & Cooper today is a multi-award winning independent gourmet food store, packed with the most flavoursome foodie treats, fine wines, delicious gift baskets and sumptuous food hampers, all available to order online for immediate UK and mainland Europe delivery. From their bustling store in this quintessential market town, Mr Lewis & Mr Cooper built a world-renowned gourmet food emporium packed with local delicacies and gastronomic delights of uncompromising quality. Today the tradition lives on, handed down from generation to generation.
A central part of Northallerton life is the twice weekly market which is popular with visitors and local's alike keen to pick up the fresh quality produce. And don't worry if you see cows in the high street as there is still a cattle market held in the town as well!
Mount Grace Priory
For some truly arresting architecture, then Mount Grace Priory is well worth checking out - it's considered to be best-preserved Carthusian house in England and is the perfect tourist attraction for a relaxing and peaceful day out.
Discover the countryside
When it comes to exploring the countryside, both the Dales and the Moors are at your fingertips offering plenty of opportunities for walking. The beautiful nearby village of Osmotherley is close to the Coast to Coast path, the Cleveland Way and the starting point to the Lyke Wake Walk. Or 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. Getting to the Wensleydale Railway couldn't be easier, there's a half hourly bus service from Northallerton to Leeming Bar, which takes just 14 minutes.