Inside Northallerton – top things to do
Northallerton is more than just a stepping stone to the Yorkshire Dales. Centuries of history meld seamlessly with 21st century comforts to make this your ideal base for an authentic Yorkshire adventure.
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Get away from it all at Mount Grace Priory. This Carthusian monastery is the best preserved of its kind in Britain, perfect for a day of peaceful contemplation. You'll be sharing your visit with a collection of wildlife that has made the Priory its home. Amongst these you might spot the famous family of stoats who have become synonymous with the area. Pick up your habit then visit the monk cell, herb garden and reconstructed rooms.
Don't leave Northallerton without a trip on the Wensleydale Railway. This heritage line takes you to the Yorkshire Dales National Park via the centuries-old market towns of Bedale and Leyburn. Opt in for the afternoon tea service and you'll be travelling in style as you enjoy the tremendous scenery on your journey.
If you love great photography then you should pay a visit to the Joe Cornish Gallery. The building is a fascinating place, constructed in 1736 and full of interesting spaces. Marvel at the stunning landscapes on show, not just from Cornish himself but also from a rotating collection of artists, stop for a tea in the gallery and buy your favourite prints in the shop.
Just outside of town, you'll find Kiplin Hall. Built in the 1600s, it was once owned by George Calvert who founded the US state of Maryland. The building is full of art and treasures, and so well preserved you could imagine Calvert popping in at any moment for a glass of port.
High street heaven
The centre of Northallerton is dominated by the high street, with plenty of your favourite big brand shops in case you fancy a little retail therapy. For the past few centuries, the Northallerton Market has been a pillar of the community and it continues to thrive to this day.
Northallerton is awash with independent retailers, many of which have been in existence for a long time. Try Barkers the department store for a history stretching back to the 1880s and a shopping experience that's hard to find nowadays.
Lewis and Cooper is another old favourite that has been selling fine food for over a century and offers some lip-smacking hampers.