local attractions

Yorkshire’s history and geography has created an abundance of places to see and things to do. The selection below are the most local however there are plenty of other attractions within striking distance.



The original capital city of England, York’s history is visible today, not only in its famous Yorvik Centre, but also in its old walls and gates, the magnificence of York Minster and Roman remains. A leisurely stroll through the picturesque Shambles, (familiar to Harry Potter Fans as the set for Diagon Alley) and nearby bustling streets allows for a varied and vibrant shopping experience with Betty’s Cafe and York Dungeons close by. The York Railway Museum is home to many famous locomotives, Clifford Tower sits atop Castle Mound allowing an appreciation of ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ nursery rhyme. The York Museum immersive experience alongside is quite unique.


Closer to the Inn are the market towns of Boroughbridge, with its strange Devil’s Arrow standing stones, and Ripon. The bustling Thursday Market on the square is well worth a visit as is the nearby historic Ripon Cathedral. Ripon Races have regular meets from April to September for those who like a flutter. Close by are Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, with Newby Hall being nearer to Boroughbridge and Roecliffe, albeit across the River Ure.


The fashionable spa resort and conference town of Harrogate with its Valley Gardens, Royal Pump Room, Turkish Baths, Betty’s Café and extensive shopping experience is a mere 25 minute drive from The Crown Inn. On the way are Knaresborough, famous for Old Mother Shipton’s Cave alongside the river, the river walk itself and the town centre marketplace, and not forgetting Ripley Castle and grounds – and its famous ice-cream!