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The town of Leyburn on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, in Wensleydale, is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It has typical northern architecture with a high street full of handsome stone buildings.  

Leyburn’s main claim to fame is that the Wensleydale Agricultural Show is held at the end of August each year in the local showground. The Leyburn Auction Ground holds regular livestock auctions for the farming community around the town. Perhaps not agricultural as such but the Dales Festival of Food and Drink is held in Leyburn during the first week of May.  This is a chance for local producers to show off their products and acquire fans. There are cookery demonstrations, musical performances, drinks tents including one featuring Leyburn’s own Festival Ale, various beers and ciders plus lots of entertainment for children.

Best times to holiday in Leyburn

May is a good time to come for a holiday to Leyburn, when spring has clothed the trees in fresh greenery, lambs are dancing about the fields and a chance to spend several happy hours at the festival. Find self-catering accommodation to rent in or near Leyburn for the best Yorkshire holiday ever.

Leyburn in spring

Market Day in Leyburn

Friday is market day in Leyburn and another opportunity to stock up during a holiday.  The market is held in the market place which is lined with shops, pubs and car parking. For special local treats, a farmer’s market is held on the 4th Saturday of every month. Anyone spending time on holiday in Leyburn will be pleased to know that there are several excellent eateries such as Penley’s in the market place.

Leyburn places to stay

Walks around Leyburn

A short walk from the Market Place in a westward direction takes visitors to the ‘Shawl’ where a public footpath crosses over a kilometre stretch of wooded hill and rewards with fabulous views over the Dales. There is a quarry to the north. There are walks in all directions from Leyburn.

See the Yorkshire countryside by train

The Wensleydale Railway lies to the east of the town and offers rail trips in comfort through the countryside. Various timetables are in operation and trains run to Northallerton West, Leeming and Redmire. Sometimes steam trains are in operation.

Go shopping in Leyburn

The Business Park in south east Leyburn is home to an eclectic mix of businesses including Tennants Auction centre and a chocolate factory and shop where visitors are welcome to watch chocolates being hand-made and to buy some to take home.

Leyburn west