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As the gateway to the beautiful Yorkshire Dale of Wensleydale, the market town of Masham has attracted visitors for centuries.

Steeped in history, it boasts one of the oldest markets in the country, first appointed by charter in 1250 and still a bustling community hub every Wednesday and Saturday when it charms visitors and locals alike.

You will be taken aback by the grandeur of the market square. The elegant Georgian houses date from a time when a booming sheep industry made the area very wealthy.

The industrious monks of the two great Cistercian Monasteries nearby of Jervaulx and Fountains Abbey supplied their flocks to strengthen this trade and boost the importance of the town.

Stretch your legs and try some of the wonderful walks which take in the historic landmarks in and around the area.

There is so much to see and do.

Samuel's Restaurant at Swinton Park
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Samuel's Restaurant at Swinton Park

Samuel’s Restaurant at Swinton Park is a renowned 2 AA Rosette restaurant, named after Samuel Cunliffe-Lister who purchased the...

Swinton Park Country Club and Spa
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Swinton Park Country Club and Spa

Swinton Country Club & Spa is one of the leading spa destinations in the UK, that combines contemporary design...

Hackfall Woods
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Hackfall Woods

Hackfall is a stunning woodland site near Masham, with lakes, waterfalls, follies and an intricate network of paths to...

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The industrious monks of the two great Cistercian Monasteries nearby of Jervaulx and Fountains Abbey supplied their flocks to strengthen this trade and boost the importance of the town.

Stretch your legs and try some of the wonderful walks which take in the historic landmarks in and around the area.

There is so much to see and do.

Black Sheep Brewery & Tours
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Masham
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Black Sheep Brewery & Tours

Newly refurbished in 2017, Black Sheep Brewery is a fantastic place to eat, drink and learn about their rich...

Colsterdale Towers
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Colsterdale Towers

The Colsterdale Towers are a set of three sighting towers in Colsterdale, at the North of the Nidderdale AONB...

Samuel's Restaurant at Swinton Park
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Masham
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Samuel's Restaurant at Swinton Park

Samuel’s Restaurant at Swinton Park is a renowned 2 AA Rosette restaurant, named after Samuel Cunliffe-Lister who purchased the...

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A prosperous and industrious town led to a thirsty and hungry population and there has always been a rich tradition for producing great food and drink in the area!

The town boasts not just one but two breweries borne of a brewing dynasty which today produces a range of internationally famed craft beers selling across the globe and allowing visitors to slake both their thirst and curiosity.

There is no shortage of great places to eat in and around the town – whether you seek award winning fine dining, a delicious home produced café snack made from local ingredients – or prefer a historic pub at the end of a bracing walk where the dog is also welcome, truly something for everyone!

The Druid's Temple
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The Druid's Temple

The Druid’s Temple in nr Masham is in fact not a real temple, but a nineteenth century folly. Styled...

The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park
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Masham
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The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

The award winning Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park is open from the 2nd of April to the 31st of...

Masham Swifts Town Trail
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Masham Swifts Town Trail

Masham’s tall stone buildings have made it a popular town for the swift, a bird which nests in the...

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A must is the fully restored Grade I listed Hackfall Woods, designed by the same John Aislabie who laid out Fountains Abbey and Water Gardens to make 18th century visitors gasp at the grottos, follies and surprise waterfalls.

Similarly sublime, the Druid’s Temple has an air of mysticism and the ancient about it, despite being a 18th century local businessman’s folly – not to be missed!

Masham is just on the edge of Nidderdale (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and is a perfect base for exploring the wider Yorkshire Dales – majestic Wensleydale is on the doorstep with Swaledale just beyond – both easily accessible.

There is wonderful local walking immediately around the town, with plenty to tempt those who are looking for something a bit more challenging further afield!

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