Information about Local Attractions

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

We are close to many local attractions and we have a wide selection of brochures 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 and we are happy to talk you through the options if you need some advice.


  • Leyburn is a pretty Market town that has developed as a centre for mid-Wensleydale and is a perfect base for travel and shopping.
  • It is an all year round holiday destination for cyclists, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.
  • 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, boasting two breweries, The Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons Brewery. Both have excellent visitor centres and brewery tours are available.

Middleham Castle

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

Bolton Castle

  • A spectacular medieval fortress, preserved in outstanding condition, completed in 1399, its 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, just 12 miles away, 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.

Jervaulx Abbey

  • Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery and now 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, 7 miles from Leyburn, 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.

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. There are riverside walks linking 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. The falls are seven miles from Leyburn.

Hardraw Force

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

The Forbidden Corner

  • The Forbidden Corner, three miles away 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.

Wensleydale Railway

  • The Wensleydale railway is an authentic heritage railway serving the local community, offering tourists, 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.