Northallerton is a sizable market town in the heart of North Yorkshire, to the north of Thirsk and south of Darlington, and outside the western borders of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park...and the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
By the early Middle Ages Northallerton was an important trading station and stop-off point on the journey between Scotland and London, a role that continued until the railway arrived in the middle of the 19th century. It remains an important regional centre today, and North Yorkshire County Hall is one of the most impressive buildings in the town.
The centre of the town is focussed around the high street, and has all facilities, and a number of small and specialist shops as well as many 'brand name' shops and supermarkets - and of course a market is held here, as it has been for several hundred years (Northallerton market days are Saturday and Wednesday, also in the High Street). There is also a good choice of cafes, tearooms (including a branch of the famous Bettys Tea Rooms), restaurants and pubs.
Places to visit near Northallerton
There are several important monuments and buildings to visit in the region around Northallerton, including the ruins of Easby Abbey (Richmond) and Fountains Abbey (near Ripon); Middleham Castle (Wensleydale); Rievaulx Abbey (Helmsley); Kiplin Hall (Scorton, Richmond); Bedale Hall Bedale) and Newby Hall (Ripon).
Note: photo shows the Mount Grace Priory near Northallerton (Staddlebridge).
Map of Northallerton and places to visit
Northallerton places to visit
See more places nearby in the North Yorkshire guide