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Visitor Information

Northallerton is in a beautiful area of North Yorkshire nestled between the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west and the North York Moors National Park to the east and approximately an hour away from the Yorkshire coast. With both the A1 and A19 easily accessible and the main East Coast 'London to Edinburgh' train line on our doorstep, Northallerton is ideally located for visiting and touring the area. In addition there is plentiful accomodation available to suit all budgets including hotels, guest houses and caravan parks within the Town and surrounding area.

With a rich heritage, Northallerton has long been established with tourism having been a major coaching stopping point between England and Scotland.  Notable visitors include Charles I, twice, as both guest and prisoner, and Charles Dickens whilst he wrote Nicholas Nickleby.  Both buildings that hosted our notable visitors are still very much part of our busy high street, as are a number of historical buildings, including All Saints Church, dating back to the 12th century.


In 1978 in recognition of the links, and as a permanent record of the goodwill, friendship and excellent relationships with Northallerton the town presented the Illuminated Address to the local RAF station based at Leeming.  Every two years RAF Leeming exercises its Freedom of Northallerton by displaying the Illuminated Address and parading its personnel through the town and, weather permitting, organises a flyby.  Northallerton has forged links not only within the local community but internationally as well and since 1994 the town has been twinned with Ormesson-sur-Marne, a suburb of Paris, France and celebrates this link with annual exhange visits.

Northallerton is the County town of North Yorkshire, a bustling and vibrant market town with a variety of well known high street names intermingled with some fantastic specialist and independant retailers and a variety of eating establishments.  There is a well established market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays plus a traditional Farmers Market on the last Wednesday in the month.  In addition Northallerton is home to art galleries, an auction mart, a leisure centre, Tourist Information Centre, mixed equipment playparks, fisheries, a microbrewery and the Wensleydale Railway is only a very short bus ride away. There is plenty available for evening entertainment via pubs and clubs covering everything from live music acts, televised sports coverage, CIU affiliated to the more quieter venue offering comfortable surroundings to just sit and chat whilst enjoying a drink.  The town has an active calendar of events throughout the year including a May Fair, Homegrown Food Festival, Carnival Day, Beer Festival, Fireworks Night, Santa Sunday and a number of art and craft fairs.


 Photographs taken by Martin Savage of Savage Images

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