Grassington

Stay

From cosy cottages to high class B&B’s, traditional inns with rooms to camping, glamping, self-catering lodges and farms with rooms, there’s somewhere to stay for everyone in Grassington…

Attractions

A natural and traditional market town, surrounded by spectacular Yorkshire Dales scenery and stunning panoramas, Grassington offers natural attractions, arts and crafts, local entertainment, festivals, and this part of the world is amazing for walking…

Food & Drink

From a traditional pub to fine dining, vegetarian menus, delicious gourmet takeaways and delis all along the bustling Main Street there is an excellent range of places to eat and drink in Grassington. Add ice cream from local dairy farms and indulgent afternoon teas, there’s a food and drink option for everyone.

Back to Destinations

Grassington

Grassington is the new Darrowby in the Channel 5 TV series All Creatures Great and Small and it offers visitors an interesting and attractive place to visit on a tour of Herriot Country. The village has been a well-known and much-loved part of Herriot Country in North Yorkshire and is at the centre of the rural community in the Yorkshire Dales near Skipton.

Grassington’s main cobbled square is the focul point for a lovely range of independent retailers, coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and with its stone cottage buildings, the village atmosphere was just right for the All Creatures Great and Small series to replicate Thirsk, the original Darrowby of the period in which James Herriot’s stories are set.

The Grassington Folk Museum is run by volunteers and houses a collection which tells the story of Wharfedale. There’s also the Yorkshire Dales National Park information centre on Hebden Road.

Several festivals are held during the year including the Grassington Festival, a splendid arts and music event in June, a 1940’s theme weekend in September and its celebrated Dickensian Festival in December.

Magnificent walks await you starting from the village, such as along the River Wharfe on the Dales Way, over Grassington Moor for a more energetic walk to see the lead mining remains or other charming villages nearby and, there’s a Grassington Riverside and Woods leaflet trail available at the National Park Centre which is excellent and a good start for first time visitors. One of the most popular routes is a circular walk that includes Burnsall. You’ll also be pleased to know that, based in Grassington, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, is a voluntary mountain rescue organisation which rescues people in trouble on the surrounding fells and in caves.

When you see James Herriot, Tristan and Siegfried Farnon on the TV series in their period cars and settings, you’ll easily recognise Grassington and the beautiful landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot) was captivated by it all and made it his home from where his wonderful stories emerged that we are still enjoying so much today.

Remember to take a circular tour of Herriot Country beginning in Grassington, using our suggested All Creatures Great and Small locations trail and visit the original home and surgery in Thirsk at the World of James Herriot.

Photography Credit: Channel 5 TV and Playground Productions

Grassington

Directions

Grassington is served by the B6265, which runs between Skipton and Green Hammerton via Pateley Bridge and Boroughbridge (being a more circuitous route that the A59 road which connects Skipton and Green Hammerton). Buses connect Grassington with Ilkley and Skipton operating a moderate service to Skipton, but only a three-day a week service to Ilkley.