Things to do and see in Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales


The 36th Steam Gathering takes place on the 7th and 8th September 2024 in farmland within 5 minutes walk of the cottage.  There's always lots to see and do, further information available here 


Our lovely local town, click on the above for a tour of Leyburn.   

Constable Burton

Constable Burton Hall is a handsome Palladian villa standing at the entrance to Wensleydale, within 2 miles of Hunton village.

The Hall stands in extensive woodland and formal gardens which are open to the public at specific times of the year.  Opening times can be checked on their website.  Stunning seasonal displays of snowdrops and daffodils carpet the woodland walks and garden trails, making it an absolute must for garden and nature lovers alike.

Forbidden Corner

Is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, tunnels, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden. Recently voted the best childrens' attraction in Yorkshire and also "The best 20th Century European Folly". Wonderful for ‘children' of all ages.

Wensleydale Railway

Runs throughout the year between Leeming Bar and Redmire passing through 22 miles of delightful countryside. The train also stops at Bedale, Finghall and Leyburn.

Tennants Auctioneers

Without doubt one of the finest auctioneers in the country. If you are an experienced bidder or just curious, Tennants salerooms, based in nearby Leyburn are well worth a visit.  Also check out the 'What's On' section in the Garden Rooms for lots of interesting events and a wonderful Café.

Jervaulx Abbey

Built in 1156 the ruins of the Cistercian Jervaulx Abbey are close to Middleham. Open throughout the year.

Thorpe Perrow 

Situated near Bedale, the 85 acre Thorp Perrow Arboretum is also the site of a Bird of Prey and mammal centre. The tree and nature trails will lead you around the grounds and gardens and highlight points of interest.  The bird of prey centre has daily flying demonstrations and a chance to meet the birds and the mammal centre is home to meerkats, goats, ferrets, llama, wallabies and more. 

Bolton Castle

Only 20 minutes away Bolton Castle is one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land, the castle bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history.

The Tea Pottery

In Leyburn, is just around the corner from Tenants Auction Rooms. A fully working pottery, specialising in teapots, which is open to visitors throughout the year. Free entry.

The Little Chocolate Factory

(Near to The Tea Pottery) For all chocoholics, not to be missed. See the chocolates being made, and choose your favourites to take home.

Black Sheep Brewery

Set in Maham in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the Black Sheep Brewery is the ideal location for a day or evening out. Take a guided tour, have a meal in the Bistro Bar or shop for goodies in the excellent gift shop.

Middleham Castle

Built on the site of an original Norman Motte and Bailey construction, Middleham castle was completed in the 12th Century. Many modifications were made over the years. Middleham castle is famous for being the favourite home of Richard III. Now managed by English Heritage, the castle is open throughout the year. Several special events are run throughout the summer months.

The Gallops

On Middleham Low Moor (just outside Middleham village). Each morning the numerous racehorses from stables in and around the village are exercised on ‘The Gallops'. There are fabulous views from Middleham Moor - a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding dales.

Brymoor Ice Cream Parlour

High Jervaulx Farm only 3 miles from Middleham - About thirty flavours of ice-cream in cones, dishes or sundaes - made from the Guernsey milk and cream produced on the farm.

Wensleydale Creamery

The Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and a popular Visitor Centre.

The Dales Countryside Museum

Housed in the old railway station buildings in Hawes. Find out how people lived and worked in the past and helped shape the unique and treasured landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. 

Middleham Castle
Gayle Mill