As the official capital of North Yorkshire, Northallerton is nestled between the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west and the North York Moors National Park to the east. Despite its seemingly remote rural location, it can be easily accessed via a 20 minute train journey from York, a 25 minute journey from Middlesbrough, and a 50 minute journey from Leeds.
Located between two national parks, Northallerton has long been known primarily for its quaint market town feel and it abundance of beautiful walks and trails. However, with a surprisingly long list of varied activities including the 'Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm' and 'Bedale Hall', you'll be hard pushed not to be kept busy for a whole weekend.
Out and about
Fun with kids
Worried about keeping the kids entertained whilst in Northallerton? Fear Not. Kidzplay Northallerton is a family friendly indoor play and party centre conveniently located just minutes away from the town centre. Inside you will find a whole array of activities including a 4 lane wavey slide, 2 ball pools, large football court, free wi-fi for adults who want to work, and an arts and crafts area for children.
Big Sheep & Little Cow Farm
Offering a hands on informal guided tour of the farm, the friendly guides at Big Sheep & Little Cow Farm will give you an informative and interesting tour around the farm. Whether you want to ride on quad bikes, pony trek, bottle feed the baby lambs, or just pet the pigs; Big Sheep & Little Cow farm really does offer an action packed day for everyone.
For parents wanting a hassle free day with the kids, there is also the Wooly Jumpers Play Barn on site, allowing the kids to burn of some of that youthful energy on rope swings, slides and ball pits; all whilst parents can sit back and relax with a coffee in the café.
Initially built as a Hunting lodge for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I, Kiplin Hall is guaranteed to take your breath away with its four Jacobein style towers and it immaculately kept grounds. Since being built in 1625 only 4 families have ever lived in the house, and very few have ever removed their possessions from the house, meaning all the original artefacts are still in place. To make the trip even more special, Kiplin Hall is one of the only stately houses to not have any ropes or barriers, thus allowing guests total unrestricted access to everything the house has to offer.
There is no doubt that to experience a market town properly, you must go to the towns markets. With its traditional roots, Northallerton has its market days every Wednesday and Saturday. Within the market stalls you will find a host of fruit and veg, local farm produce, clothes, hardware, fresh fish and health foods. On the fourth Wednesday of every month, the market is also joined by a farmers market selling live cattle, as well as locally made produce and food.
If you're looking for great fish and chips that won't cost you the earth, then you will definitely want to try out Turnbull's Fish and Chip shop. The batter is crispy, the fish is fresh, and the chips don't go soggy. This is also a good option for anyone in a rush, as the service is fast and efficient.
Alternatively, if you want a sit down meal in a warm and cosy environment, then you will want to book a table at The Golden Lion Hotel Restaurant. It offers both gourmet and comforting English, French and Italian food. The best time to book for is on a Sunday when the whole town heads there for their Sunday roast, however make sure you book well in advance, as spaces fill up very quickly.
Just a £8 taxi ride from Northallerton is Solberge Hall. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, this Georgian country house hotel offers utter tranquillity. With almost every room looking out onto the green and pleasant Yorkshire countryside and gardens of the Hall, your room is guaranteed to have beautiful views as well as wonderfully detailed interior design and décor. To ensure that all guests leave satisfied, Solberge Hall also offers its guest a fantastic breakfast that makes it hard not to find something you love.