Northallerton has a rich and varied heritage with some beautiful buildings including the Church of All Saints which dates from 1120. Northallerton has a decent mix of eateries from pub grub to some lovely restaurants and traditional tea rooms, including the famous chain, Bettys.
Offering everything from local cuisine to international dishes enjoy Yorkshire at its best at the local delicatessens, restaurants and coffee shops. Many of the family businesses have been providing the best quality food and drink for hundreds of years and have built reputations which attract people regularly form all over Yorkshire and the North East.
Benefit from the great choice of real ale and speciality beers in the local pubs and bars.
Markets take place on the High Street every Wednesday and Saturday with fresh local ingredients and a great range of stall holders, making your shopping experience more colourful , enjoyable and provide great value on your doorstep.
The Home grown Food Festival in June each year showcases the local companies offering a great experience in the town centre.
On the outskirts of the town several farm shops provide another shopping experience whilst in Northallerton.
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.
Nestled in the centre of the Vale of York, Northallerton is proud to call itself the heart of North Yorkshire. Originally the Vikings used it as an administrative centre and it has developed over the years as a coaching stop. One of the oldest inns in the town hosted Charles Dickens whilst he was writing Nicholas Nickleby.
Northallerton attracts visitors from many surrounding areas, who enjoy the great variety of household names and specialist independent retailers. Whether you are taking a refreshment stop in the town at one of the friendly coffee shops or calling at the market stalls to sample the local produce the picturesque town welcomes people onto its heart and provides that community spirit and personal service we strive for.
With great range of quality butcher’s, Artisan Bakers, individual gift shops and designer clothes Northallerton has all you could want in one location.
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.
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.