Yorkshire Dales Market Towns
On the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Northallerton is a bustling market town full of character and brimming with history. The town is at the administrative heart of North Yorkshire with the County Council based here.
Granted its Royal Charter in 1200, Northallerton still holds a popular outdoor market every Wednesday and Saturday when the cobbled setts on either side of the high street brim with colour. A Farmers Market is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
The town has its origins in Saxon times and the Vikings settled nearby at Romanby and Brompton. Originally called Aelfereton, the name is Anglo-Saxon and means "the farm belonging to Aelfere".
An important staging post between North and South, Northallerton had four coaching inns serving travellers and there are still many welcoming pubs offering food and accommodation.
Its location close to major road and rail links makes Northallerton an ideal base for discovering the Dales. Nearby are Easby, Fountains and Rievaulx Abbeys as well as Middleham Castle. The town hosts a full calendar of events throughout the year including the annual May Fair.