You can’t afford to miss the Heritage Trail when visiting this Georgian market town taking in the Palladian Bedale Hall and museum, St Gregory’s, the 12th century church named as one of the best in Britain. Take the time to visit the Leech House, the only one of its kind which was used by the local apothecary for storing leeches for medical use. You will be pleased to hear it’s no longer in use. The Heritage Trail leaflet can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Bedale Hall or from the website bedale.org
Food and Drink
Sample the great welcome at Bedale’s many independent cafes and food outlets including homemade cakes and local produce, which are always on the menu. A great selection to temp your palate nestled around the charming streets and ginnels.
Take the train
Bedale is the home of Wensleydale Railway where visitors can enjoy a relaxing trip, through 16 miles of stunning Yorkshire countryside into the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Bolton Castle.
Thorp Perrow offers the ultimate family day out with birds of prey, meerkats, wallabies, reindeer, Marlon the Llama, pygmy goats amongst other wildlife providing the enjoyment of hands on experience for all the family in the finest collection of trees and shrubs in the country set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland and lakes with new equipment in the children's playground.
A great family day out with a large collection of birds of prey amongst other wildlife including Meerkat Island, walk through Wallaby Wood providing the enjoyment of hands on experience for all the family in the finest collection of trees and shrubs in the country set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland and lakes.
With its charming cobbled Market Place, full of unusual shops, Bedale is well worth a visit. Home to a host of unique shops offering everything from jewellery and antiques to custom-made furniture, women’s fashion, china and gifts. Recent changes have provided two shoe shops and a contemporary home store.
You will find everything from a bag of nails to a full dining suite here. The town’s butcher is locally renowned and there is a delicatessen, bakery and greengrocer.
The weekly market on Tuesdays continues the food theme with the fishmonger, locally grown vegetables and plant stalls amongst the most popular.