Essential Stokesley

The gateway to the North York Moors

Located 15 miles from the North Sea coast and a short distance from Scarborough, Whitby and York, Stokesley is the perfect base from which to explore the North York Moors. The town centre boasts a handsome cobbled street, lined with shops, banks and a number of award-winning restaurants – perfect for an afternoon of browsing, come rain or shine!


Enjoy the Georgian and regency properties at the bottom of the Cleveland Hills in Stokesley, together with the river Leven and The Pack Horse Bridge dating from the 17th Century. Take time to see the work of the Mouseman in Kilburn in the Church of St Peter and St Paul. Other attractions on the doorstep include Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum, Mount Grace Priory and Roseberry Topping.

Farmers market

This pretty town is well known for its Friday food, flower and craft markets, and farmers’ markets on the first Saturday of each month. Stokesley Agricultural Show is held every year on the third Saturday in September, attracting visitors from all over the country. With everything from dog shows to handicrafts and delicious local delicacies on offer, it’s well worth a visit.

Stroll to the east end of the town for a spectacular view of Roseberry Topping and the North York Moors, and admire the ancient mill wheel that resides there. Then, just a few yards away, discover a panorama of buildings and open spaces as you enter the town centre. From here, you can explore Stokesley Manor House at the eastern end of Market Square, and discover the Church of St Peter and Paul, with its famous mouse woodwork carved by the “Mouseman” of Kilburn!

Many quality independent shops create a friendly lively experience for those who regularly visit the town or for newcomers seeing what is on offer for the very first time. The market Place would still be familiar to Captain Cook, Yorkshire’s famous son should he be visiting today.        

Small snickets reveal other businesses including teashops, gifts, home furnishings and other hidden gems.

Watch a little film of Stokesley here: