Visit Masham - a delightful famous brewery town

Masham is famous for it’s two popular Yorkshire breweries, and its position between Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales make it an excellent place to visit and provides the perfect base for a longer visit to North Yorkshire.

Walkers gather above Leighton Reservoir. near Masham

Discover Masham

Located in the breathtakingly beautiful region of Lower Wensleydale, Masham (pronounced ‘Massam’) is famous for its family-run breweries, steam engines and annual sheep fair. A thriving community of artists, authors and craftsmen highlights the town’s creative side and established links to JW Turner and Lewis Carroll.

One of the town’s main attractions is its famous brewery, which has been producing award-winning ales for over 150 years. Visitors can take a tour of the brewery, sample some of its delicious beers, and learn about the fascinating history of brewing in Masham. In addition to its brewery, Masham is also home to a number of historic buildings, including the beautiful St. Mary’s Church and the imposing Masham Town Hall, both of which are well worth a visit.

Whether you’re looking to explore the town’s rich heritage, enjoy a pint of locally brewed beer, or simply soak up the stunning scenery, Masham is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Yorkshire.

Accommodation in Masham

There are a good range of options in Masham, from hotel and bed & breakfast choices, through to self catering holiday cottages dotted in and around the market town. Also see hotels available in Masham.

Kings Head by Chef & Brewer Collection

Market Place, Masham, HG4 4EF, United Kingdom

Green Willow

8 Thorpe Road, Masham, HG4 4HZ

The Old Dairy

2 Wellgarth Court, Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4EN

River View

14 Silver Street, Masham, HG4 4DX

Black Swan Inn

Fearby, Masham, HG44NF, United Kingdom

Brewers Den

Brewers Den, 4 Cardinal Court, College Lane, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4HE, United Kingdom

Attractions in Masham

There’s lots to do in Masham, and, on all but the very busiest days, you’ll find an uncommon treat of plenty of parking spaces in the huge marketplace.

Farm Adventure

Hill Top Farm, Ilton, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JY, United Kingdom

Jervaulx Abbey

Park House, Jervaulx, Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4PH

Theakston Brewery & Visitor Centre

The Brewery, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DX

For children, there’s an impressive play area to work off some extra energy before the family snuggles down in one of Masham’s many cosy bars and restaurants for something to eat and a glass of locally brewed Theakston’s or Black Sheep ale for mum or dad.

Facts About Masham

  1. Masham is a small market town located in North Yorkshire, England.
  2. The town has a population of approximately 1,200 people.
  3. Masham is situated on the River Ure, which flows through the town.
  4. The town is known for its two breweries, Theakston and Black Sheep, which both offer tours and tastings.
  5. Masham is home to St. Mary’s Church, a Grade I listed building dating back to the 13th century.
  6. The town hosts an annual sheep fair, which has been held since the 14th century.
  7. Masham is located in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with many scenic walks and cycling routes in the surrounding countryside.
  8. The town has a number of independent shops, including a bookshop, gift shops, and a pottery studio.
  9. Masham is located approximately 30 miles from the city of York and 20 miles from the spa town of Harrogate.
  10. The town is also home to Masham Golf Club, a 9-hole course with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Masham on the map

FAQs about Masham

What is Masham known for?

Masham is known for its famous breweries, including Theakston and Black Sheep, as well as its annual sheep fair and market.

What are some popular activities to do in Masham?

Visitors can enjoy touring the breweries, exploring the town’s historic architecture, hiking in the nearby Yorkshire Dales National Park, and attending local events such as the Masham Steam Rally.

What accommodations are available in Masham?

Masham offers a range of accommodations, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, and self-catering cottages. There are also several campsites and caravan parks in the area.

Is Masham accessible by public transportation?

Yes, Masham is accessible by bus from nearby towns and cities such as Ripon and Harrogate. The nearest train station is in Thirsk, approximately 15 miles away.

What is the best time of year to visit Masham?

Masham is a year-round destination, but the summer months (June-August) offer the warmest weather and the most outdoor activities. The town’s annual sheep fair in September is also a popular event.

Where Next After Masham

After visiting Masham, North Yorkshire, there are several nearby destinations that are worth exploring. Ripon and Bedale are just down the road and well worth a visit.

Another nearby destination that is worth visiting is the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The park is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the UK, including rolling hills, rugged moorland, and picturesque villages. Visitors can go hiking, cycling, or horse riding in the park, or simply take a leisurely drive through the stunning countryside. Other attractions in the area include the market town of Richmond, the historic city of Ripon, and the stunning Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden.

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