Market Towns in Harrogate & District
The market towns of the Harrogate District have more in common than just weekly and specialist markets, they are each unique shopping destinations in their own right. You can pick up a taste of Yorkshire to take home, buy something wonderful for your home or stock up the cottage on arrival.
Unique Shopping Towns
As well as the abundance of independent shops, coaching inns, bars, restaurants and cafés, they are all steeped in history that flows through every street and courtyard.
Knaresborough is famed for its historic castle that sheltered the Knights who murdered Thomas Becket, and for its market place and riverside walk. Both of these host hubs of local shops and business that sell local crafts and wares. As you explore the side streets and their workshops and galleries this medieval history won’t be far from your mind.
Ripon, the compact city with a striking gothic cathedral and Victorian Workhouse Museum is home to a delightful market square, lined with shops and side streets and alley ways that yield great shopping opportunities for those who let their curiosity guide them.
Boroughbridge, close to the famous Roman settlement of Aldborough, has a thriving high street that enjoys free town centre parking and a well-earned reputation for delicious fresh produce and friendly service. This often overlooked Yorkshire market town is a shopping gem.
Masham is perhaps best known for beer and the two breweries crafting delicious and popular ales, but the market place is lined with shops selling local goods and number of art workshops and galleries where you pick up a memento of your visit.
Nestled in the heart of Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is Pateley Bridge, the starting and finishing point of the Nidderdale Way, home to fantastic local produce and bakeries, two award winning butchers and makers of the Pateley Pork Pie, and don’t forget the oldest sweet shop in England at the top of the high street.
The Market Towns of Harrogate District – more than just a Day Out!