Local Area

Rose Cottage Grassington is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and is an excellent base to explorer its beauty and wonder.


The historic market town of Grassington is situated in the rolling green wonder of the Yorkshire Dales and is a popular residential and tourist centre for the Dales. Its small cobbled square and village roads are home to local shops, public houses, restaurants, hotels, small cafes, and the village museum.


Grassington is listed in the Domesday Book as part of the estate of Gamal Barn. Often described as a village, Grassington was in fact granted a Royal Charter for a market and fair in 1282 giving it market town status. Held regularly, the market sold local produce until 1860. In the early 17th century a change in land use occurred when lead mining began. The railway to Threshfield introduced new visitors and brought in new people to the area whom took work in the local villages or towns, or in the limestone quarries.

Through the 20th century, the town grew significantly. Agriculture, quarrying, and tourism are the mainstays of employment here, but there are many professional commuters, retired people and increasing numbers of artists, making a lively mix of locals and “offcumd’uns”, a mix which makes the town lively and friendly.


Yorkshire is renowned for some great food, and Grassington does not disappoint.

Cafes and Tea Rooms

Tea is no doubt a stave of Yorkshire and there is no better place to enjoy a brew. Grassington is home to a few cafes and tea rooms to enjoy, whether on a beautiful sunny afternoon or a crisp winter's morning a cup of tea and a tasty cake will not go amiss. The traditional Yorkshire afternoon tea served at the local cafes should not be missed, with delicious delicacies including sensational scones with local jam and cream.


Filled with local produce, the restaurants of Grassington and local villages have some of the tastiest food in the area. Have a look at our welcome book for our suggestions when you arrive.


No visit to Yorkshire is complete without a visit to a local pub to enjoy a typical, tasty, refreshing beer. Grassington has more than one pub to enjoy not only the beer but their warm, friendly inviting atmospheres. Many serve local beers from several small breweries.


Want a night in? Why not try some of Grassington's takeaway establishments.


Sweets, cakes, crafts, art, clothing and souvenirs, Grassington has them all. It is well worth spending some time enjoying the local shops as you never know what you'll discover.


Grassington is a hive of activity throughout the year and there is always something to enjoy and experience.

Grassington Festival

For two weeks in June, Grassington Festival brings amazing entertainment and acts to the village including: live music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, art, masterclasses & workshops, and family events. There is something for everybody. Many well-known artists have taken part in the festival over the years including comedians Alan Davies and Jack Dee and musicians Jools Holland and Billy Ocean.

See grassington-festival.org.uk for more information.

1940s Weekend

In September, Grassington holds its 1940s weekend. The event brings classic cars, fancy dress, and transforms the village to a yesteryear scene. The town hall hosts music nights over the weekend including a Lindy-Hop and Saturday night is live Big Band Night, playing all of your 1940s favourites.

See grassington1940sweekend.co.uk for more information.

Dickensian Festival

For three Saturdays in December, Grassington puts on its Dickensian Festival. The festival transforms the village into a scene from a bygone era. Bringing sights, smells and tastes for all visitors to enjoy. The village streets are decorated beautifully for the festive period, and the traditional market and shop keepers in traditional dress are well worth the visit.

Grassington in Bloom

Grassington takes part in the ‘Yorkshire in Bloom’ competition. Bringing floral beauty to an already beautiful village, local volunteers organise, design and maintain the summer displays.

Wider Area

Local Villages

Linton, Threshfield, Hebden, Conistone and Kilsey are nearby villages that also provide picturesque village scenes and opportunities to enjoy and explore.


Linton is a small village, immediately south of Grassington, home to beautiful picturesque limestone buildings and public house. A bridge over the impressive Linton Falls, on the River Wharfe, provides walkers with a fantastic view when exploring the banks between Linton and Grassington. Close to the falls is 'Little Emily's Bridge,' a 14th century packhorse bridge, which is close to the 12th century Linton Church.


Bordering Grassington is the small village of Threshfield. The Old Hall, a Georgian Inn which takes its name from the 14th century hall at the rear, was built by monks and reputedly the oldest inhabited building in Wharfedale in the 16th century.


East of Grassington is the village of Hebden. Hebden has a church, a chapel, a hotel and public house, a tea room, a community hall and a small general store associated with the pub. Although no property in the village is older than the early 17th century, its layout reflects its development in medieval times as a planned village. Look out for the gold post box outside the old post office which celebrates the 2012 Olympic Games rowing gold medal won by Andrew Triggs Hodge, who grew up in the village.


The village is set in characteristic limestone scenery, including Mossdale Caverns, the dry gorge of Conistone Dib and the limestone outcrop of Conistone Pie. From the B6160 road, the Wharfe is crossed at Conistone by a stone-arch bridge, which is within easy walking distance of Kilnsey, with its Crag.


The most notable feature of Kilnsey, is a large limestone cliff called Kilnsey Crag, overlooking the road and the River Wharfe from the west. The Crag is around 170 feet high, with an overhang of 40 feet. Kilnsey has one pub, the Tennant Arms, a trout farm, and a small collection of houses.

Local Towns

Further afield are several local towns that are well worth a visit for their history, character and shopping.


Skipton, including its award winning High Street, is a shopper’s delight. This historic market town has many things to do including a local market, shopping and historic Skipton Castle.


Harrogate is a traditional spa town and is a popular tourist destination and its visitor attractions include its spa waters, RHS Harlow Carr gardens and shopping.


The picturesque town of Ilkley is situated in the Wharfe Valley, at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales. The former spa town rose to fame in the nineteenth century when thousands visited for the fresh invigorating air and first class hotels. The town may no longer be a premier health resort but it is still renowned for its fresh air, moorland and beautiful countryside with a selection of quality accommodation. The local Cow and Calk Rocks above the town are worth walking up to to admire the views from the top of the moors.