Northallerton – North Yorkshire retains its place as a busy market town today, but at its very roots is an historic town with ancient connections beyond traditions of commerce. Saxons first settled here, then Romans may have used Northallerton as a signal station. King Charles I sought shelter in the city during the seventeenth century. Across the centuries Northallerton has seen war and grieving as a thoroughfare from south to north. Today, find modern pleasures amid reminders of historic people and important times.
Places such as Kiplin Hall take visitors back a four hundred years to Jacobean influences. View collections of paintings and furniture from across the centuries or take part in family activities established to bring history to life for younger visitors. Push back further in time to a fourteenth century Carthusian priory, Grace Priory, or even further: almost 900 years to a former residence of Richard III, Middleham Castle. Richmond Castle represents the best in Norman fortification: you are close to this busy sight complete with exhibitions and activities for curious tourists.
Tourists interested in sacred or monastic history might stop at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Examine the largest Cistercian ruins in Europe. Wander through landscaped gardens to admire bird life and fountains or stop in at the Victorian church for contrast between ancient and more recent approaches to architecture.
Lovers of literature may want to stop in at The World of James Herriot. This long-time vet, whose real name was Alf Wight, wrote about veterinary life in the middle part of the twentieth century. Explore the spot that inspired many much-loved books which even spawned a series of films.
Animals play an important role in this town and surrounding areas. Cattle were once sold in the High Street. Today, young visitors can stop at Monk Park Animal Centre to view rare and modern breeds of farm animals. Cuddle lambs, goats and rabbits. The Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm affords opportunities to feed piglets or take a pony ride.
You have entered an active community which takes part in cricket, hockey, football and more. Visitors can watch or take part, depending on the sport. Arrange for horseback riding or angling. On a fine day, try golfing at one of several courses.
Choose from numerous hotels in Northallerton, or try something different. Guest houses and inns welcome visitors, while some tourists like to go it alone with self-catering cottages. Take a rougher approach, staying in your caravan at an approved site or even camping-out like an ancient soldier. One difference will be the several restaurants serving Chinese, Indian and traditional cream teas, not to mention several pubs the Romans never had the benefit of.