With Bronze Age and Roman origins this pleasant and thriving town is an important gateway to Herriot Country on the original Great North Road, adjacent to the A1(M) at junctions 48 and 49.
Boroughbridge is an historic town and offers visitors an authentic market town experience with independent shops, free parking and local attractions such as the ancient Devils Arrows, the village of Aldborough located on the site of the Roman Town of Isurium Brigantum and dates back to the late first century. The remains include parts of the Roman defences and two spectacular mosaic pavements. The on-site museum displays local Roman finds.
Boroughbridge is also the site of the Battle of Boroughbridge that took place in 1322, and remains the half-way point between London and Edinburgh. With the coming of the stagecoach, the town, with its many inns, became one of the busiest staging posts on the Great North Road. The Crown alone had stabling for 100 horses. There were daily coaches from Leeds to Boroughbridge, and Leeds to Newcastle. The North Star (heading for Carlisle and Edinburgh), The Defence (bound for Durham), The Royal Charlotte (Sunderland) and many more, all called at Boroughbridge.
Boroughbridge is an ideal base from which to begin a tour of Herriot Country and is only a 15-minute drive to the World of James Herriot in Thirsk.