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At the heart of Wensleydale lies the gateway town of Leyburn, “A Town for all Seasons”. With spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, unusual local shops and cafés, traditional pubs and a weekly market on Fridays, it’s an ideal base for walking, sightseeing, or just watching the world go by.
Leyburn is the perfect base for any visit to the Yorkshire Dales. There are two supermarkets, as well as several takeaways and a convenience store open until late.
Unlike a lot of places, there is a lot of free parking in Leyburn, as well as a pay and display car park, making the town very car-friendly, for those travelling through: it’s always a good bet for a stop-off on any visit to the Yorkshire Dales.
Places to Stay
Also see our Leyburn hotels page.
Pictures of Leyburn
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Leyburn on the Map
Most larger roads into Wensleydale lead through Leyburn: the A6108 from Richmond and the A684 from Bedale and Northallerton both converge on Leyburn’s pretty marketplace.
FAQs About Leyburn
Staying in Leyburn gives you access to the surrounding area of Wensleydale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, all of which can use up a full visit. At the top of Wensleydale, Hawes is well worth a visit, and in the other direction, you’ll find Richmond and Swaledale. If you’re returning via the A1, be sure to stop in at Bedale, which is another lovely North Yorkshire market town that’s got a charm of it’s own.
Where should I park in Leyburn?
The main market place has free parking, as does Commercial Square (the smaller cobbled area across from the marketplace, next to Campbells supermarket, and the Bolton Arms. There is also a chunk of free parking in Grove Square, which is along the A6108 towards Richmond slightly, next to the King’s Head pub.
On busy days, and market days (Fridays) you’ll find it’s easiest to get a space in the pay-and-display car park, which is found up an alley off the marketplace, alongside the Golden Lion Hotel. Having parked there, take one of the “snickets” (alleyways) to rejoin the marketplace, or walk up the short path and stairs to see the sights and sounds of the town’s Auction Mart, where sheep and cattle are sold once or twice a week.