Information about Local Attractions

A wide variety of places to visit and things to see.

Our Bed and Breakfast is close to many local attractions. We hold a wide selection of leaflets promoting local attractions and activities together with maps and guides for Cyclists and Walkers. The attractions listed below are just a small selection of the things to do in the area.


  • Leyburn is a pretty Market town that has developed as a centre for mid-Wensleydale and is a perfect base for travel and shopping
  • Leyburn offers visitors a collection of independent shops, traditional pubs and excellent cafes and restaurants all situated around the central market place to suit all tastes
  • Leyburn is an all year round holiday destination for everyone including cyclists, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts as Wensleydale is so rich in cultural, heritage and natural beauty for visitors to discover
  • Three things not to miss in Leyburn;
    1. Leyburn weekly open air market every Friday
    2. Leyburn 'shawl' just a short walk from the market square, gives superb panoramic views over Wensleydale. Legend has it that Mary Queen of Scots dropped her shawl whilst fleeing imprisonment from Bolton Castle
    3. Visit the Wensleydale railway and take a ride from Leyburn station


  • A beautiful historic market town set in lower Wensleydale
  • Masham boasts of having two breweries, The Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons Brewery. Both have excellent visitor centres and brewery tours are available
  • Masham is also known for it's Steam Engine and Fair Organ rally held on the third full weekend in July
  • Masham is 11 miles from Leyburn

Middleham Castle

  • Once home to King Richard III
  • A Magnificent castle ruin with the largest keep in North of England and towers over Middleham
  • Middleham is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and has been a centre for the training of racehorses for over 200 years
  • The Castle is 2 miles from Leyburn

Bolton Castle

  • A spectacular medieval fortress, preserved in outstanding condition and situated in the heart of Wensleydale
  • Completed in 1399, it's scars bear testament to over 600 years of history including the Civil War in 1645 and Mary Queen of Scots imprisonment in 1568
  • The Castle is 7 miles from Leyburn

Richmond Castle

  • The market town of Richmond has grown up around the Norman Castle which still dominates the town today.
  • The building of the castle as a military stronghold commenced in 1071 on land gifted to Alan the Red of Brittany by his kinsman William the Conqueror as reward for his part in the victory over King Harold and his subsequent support of William as one of his most trusted advisers.
  • Richmond Castle became the headquarters of the Honour of Richmond, a vast assembly of estates in Yorkshire and beyond.
  • Richmond is 12 miles from Leyburn

Jervaulx Abbey

  • Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery
  • The ruins are open to the public and enjoyed for it's peaceful location and profusion of over 200 different wild life species growing amongst the ruins
  • The Abbey is 6 miles from Leyburn

Brymor Ice Cream Parlour

  • A family run business at High Jervaulx Farm
  • Their delicious ice cream is produced using only milk from their own Guernsey cows
  • The parlour sells over 35 flavours of ice cream and sorbets for cones and sundaes as well as ice cream gateaux
  • The parlour is 7 miles from Leyburn


  • York was founded by the Romans and is sited at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss
  • There are many historic attractions packed within its city walls. Such as York Minster, The 'Shambles', Jorvik Viking Centre and the York Castle Museum
  • York is one of the most popular destinations in Britain and has the longest and preserved town walls in Europe. A walk along the top of the wall is an ideal way to view the city
  • York is 47 miles from Leyburn


  • By the 18th century Harrogate had become a fashionable spa town to rival Bath and Buxton
  • There are many things to do in Harrogate, visit the Royal pump room or walk round the Valley Gardens or have a welcome break in the famous Betty's Tea Room
  • Harrogate is 37 miles from Leyburn

Aysgarth Falls

  • A triple flight of waterfalls on the river Ure surrounded by forest and farmland. Spectacular during wet weather as thousands of gallons of water cascade over a series of broad sandstone steps
  • Riverside walks link the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls which are all within a mile of each other
  • Good parking facilities, Yorkshire Dales information centre and coffee shop are available.
  • Famous beauty spot having been featured in the Kevin Costner film 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'
  • The falls are 7 miles from Leyburn

Hardraw Force

  • Hardraw Force is England's largest single unbroken drop waterfall of 100 feet
  • Public viewing is rather unusual as visitors have to go through the bar of the Green Dragon Inn to reach the falls
  • The waterfall is 15 miles from Leyburn, near Hawes

The Forbidden Corner

  • The Forbidden Corner is a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill park
  • Admission is by pre-booked tickets only
  • The Forbidden Corner is 3 miles from Leyburn

Wensleydale Railway

  • The Wensleydale railway is an authentic heritage railway serving the local community, offering tourists, families and transport enthusiasts a great day out in the Yorkshire Dales
  • It runs over 16 miles from Leeming Bar to Redmire (for Castle Bolton) and stops at Leyburn station
  • Steam hauled trains operate in July, August and September
  • The station is half a mile from the centre of Leyburn