Leyburn - the Yorkshire Dales' most suprising market town?
Wander just off the market place and you'll discover Emma Sedman Jewellery, the Little Alf Shop, and other interesting and quirky shops, with a really good selection of pubs and cafes. The Auction Mart is an experience in itself! Tucked away round the corner is the Old School House which has a regular programme of events and film screenings.
Walk out of the market place towards the Shawl and you'll not only be treading in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots but be treated to wonderful views and an incredible playground.
A very short drive out of Leyburn will take you to Tennants. In addition to their regular auction sales, Tennants now have an interesting exhibition space and the Garden Rooms' - the popular cafe, restaurant, bar and gift shop with regular events.
Is Leyburn Yorkshire's most surprising market town? So much of it is hidden, many miss its most special gems. Many visitors arrive in the market place and assume Leyburn simply consists of that one area. The reality is that many of its charms are behind the buildings you first see.
Start with the market place and you'll find some unexpected delights. Few shops can boost such fine views as those from the top floor of Milners of Leyburn. The amazing hardware and cookware selection of the Aladdin's cave For House & Home has to be seen to be believed. You'd never guess from the unassuming entrance of Campbell's that this is not just a shop - it's an emporium, attracting gourmets and fine wine enthusiasts from far afield.
Nearby is Inspired Chocolate where you can see chocolates being made (the chocolate shoes and pizzas are popular!) and take part in chocolate-making workshops from time to time. Not far away is Constable Burton Hall, famous for its annual Tulip Festival.
Leyburn has a great programme of events too - look out for the Dales Festival of Food & Drink, Wensleydale Tournament of Song, Leyburn 1940s Weekend, and Wensleydale Agricultural Show.
There is parking behind the market place near the Auction Mart. For a real sense of arrival, why not take a trip on the Wensleydale Railway?