DISCOVER YORKSHIRE’S MARKET TOWNS
Yorkshire boasts a wealth of picturesque market towns, probably the most of any county in Britain, where you will discover that independent shops and food producers are still alive and thriving.
Markets have always been at the heart of the community and people still relish the fact that you can still find locally produced fresh meat, fish and vegetables, locally baked bread, and a weekly or in some places bi weekly where you can purchase direct from local suppliers. Indeed Yorkshire's market towns are similar to those of France than other parts of the United Kingdom. The fine medieval and Georgian architecture, market squares and wide cobbled streets are typical of much of Yorkshire's towns and the stalls that line the street on market day is a welcome site even in the depths of winter.
Here is a list of the markets to be found in Yorkshire both outdoor and indoor markets, as well as a series of farmers markets which take place in many of the areas towns.
Barnsley, Bradford, Castleford, Chesterfield, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Hull, Kirby Stephen, Leeds, Pickering, Rotherham, Scarborough, Skipton, Thirsk, Todmorden, Wakefield, York
Barnsley, Bedale, Bradford, Castleford, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Guisborough, Halifax, Hawes, Hull, Keighley, Leeds, Scarborough, Richmond, Rotherham, Otley (Summer only), Settle, Sheffield, Todmorden, Wakefield, Whitby, York
Barnard Castle, Barnsley, Bentham, Beverley, Bradford, Bridlington, Castleford, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Halifax, Bridge, Hornsea, Hull, Leeds, Keighley, Kirkbymoorside, Knaresbrough, Masham, Northallerton, Pontefract, Richmond, Rotherham, Scarborough, Sedburgh, Sheffield, Skipton, Todmorden, Wakefield, York
Bradford, Castleford, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Driffield, Guisborough, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth , Huddersfield, Hull, Keighley, Kirby Lonsdale, Leeds, Ripon, Richmond, Rotherham, Scarborough, Sheffield, Todmorden, Wakefield, Whitby, York
Appleby, Barnsley, Batley, Bradford, Castleford, Chesterfield, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Easingwold, Filey, Halifax, Helmsley, Hull, Keighley, Leeds, Leyburn, Otley, Reeth, Richmond, Rotherham, Scarborough, Sheffield, Skipton, Stokesley, Todmorden, Wakefield, and York
Barnsley, Beverley, Bradford, Bridlington, Castleford, Chesterfield, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Driffield, Doncaster, Guisborough, Halifax, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Hull, Keighley, Leeds, Malton, Masham, Northallerton, Otley, Pontefract, Richmond, Rotherham, Scarborough, Sheffield, Skipton, Thirsk, Todmorden, Wakefield, Whitby, York
Chesterfield 2nd Thursday
Cleckheaton 1st Saturday
Doncaster 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Grassington 3rd Sunday
Harrogate 2nd Thursday
Halifax 3rd Saturday
Hebden Bridge 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday
Holmfirth 3rd Sunday
Ingleton 4th Sunday
Knaresbrough 3rd Sunday
Leeds 1st & 3rdSunday
Leyburn 4th Saturday
Otley 4th Sunday
Pontefract Every Friday
Ripon 3rd Sunday
Richmond 3rd Saturday
Rotherham 4th Wednesday
Sedburgh 4th Wednesday
Settle 3rd Sunday
Sheffield Every Friday
Skipton 1st Sunday
Wakefield 2nd Saturday
Here are some of our recommendations, though we must emphasise we have not visited every single market so it is by no means comprehensive. If you have any recommendations please let us know and we will post them on facebook.
This market is over 700 years old and has over 300 stalls located both indoors and outdoors. There are also spacious cafes, making it a great place for a day out. It's a great place to find anything and everything!
Granted a market charter by Henry 111 in 1251 this is one of the longest established markets in Yorkshire. Every Tuesday the popular market lines the cobbled high street of this handsome Georgian Town. www.bedale.org.uk
There are markets at Kirkgate, Oastler Shopping Centre, and the St James Wholesale Market.
Though not technically in Yorkshire is one of the biggest open-air markets in the country, selling everything from cutlery to carpets, from shirts to shoes, from pans to potatoes. Whatever you want to buy, there’s a stall selling it somewhere!
The biggest and best traditional market in the North with some 400 shops, stalls and stands, Doncaster Market has been the heart of the town for hundreds of years.
With its exquisite Victorian architecture dating back to the early 1890’s, shoppers can soak in years of history and benefit from a shopping experience you just can’t find anywhere else!
Is a perfect destination in itself with plenty of attractions within the town or surrounding area. Visit on a Friday and enjoy wandering around the market stalls as well as the local shops.
Though a relatively small town this is a popular market with local people that live in the surrounding Dales.
Kirkgate Market - One of the largest indoor markets in Europe, Kirkgate is a shopper’s paradise from fresh food, drink and fashion to jewellery, flowers, hardware and haberdashery.
Is the administrative centre of North Yorkshire and boast a wide range of shops and an excellent market twice a week. In recent years it has attracted more and more high street brands but there is still a good mix of both with many independent retailers. Barkers is an excellent department store that is still run by a local family and dominates the North of the High Street. Marks & Spencer's will soon have a new store opening nearby which reflects the wealth within the town. When they opened their smaller store a few years ago, such was the excitement that shoppers cued around the block on opening day!
In recent year’s reinvented itself as the ‘Food Capital of Yorkshire’ and holds two food festivals each year, as well as holding a food market on the 2nd Saturday each month where you can shop for delicious home cooked fayre.
Though only a small market, like the town itself it is perfectly charming and after a walk along the River Ure and a stop at one of its many fine teashops a wander around the market is an enjoyable way to spend the day.
Home to the North York Moors Railway and beck Isle Museum this picturesque market town has a busy market each Monday. With over 40 stalls this is a popular market both with vendors as well as locals.
A Victorian market town, Pudsey’s market is the most traditional of the local markets serving a loyal customer base from the local community for generations. This small but perfectly formed market has everything you would expect to find and more.
Scarborough's indoor market is undergoing extensive £2.7 million refurbishment and when it is completed will be stunning. The market is still open during the refurbishments which should be finished next year.
With more than 90 independent businesses the Moor Market provides a wealth of opportunity for a spot of retail therapy or picking up home essentials. The Moor Market has a range of stalls offering the terrific quality but great value that is associated with the best markets. There is also a regular outdoor market on King Street.
This picturesque market town is popular with visitors and locals and has a wide range of shops both independent and high street brands. Skipton Castle stands proud at the top of the high street and is the only complete Norman castle that still is fully roofed in England. The excellent market boasts an eclectic mix of good and lines the high street 5 days a week.
If you are visiting York you cannot help but come across this busy market situated in the heart of the city just off Parliament Street. As well as the traditional flower, fruit, veg stalls meat and fish producers, there is a stall selling delicious homemade pork pies a local delicacy. Some stalls sell locally made craft wear and others clothing, toys and leather goods.