There's been a market in Kirkbymoorside since the 13th century, which makes it one of the oldest market towns in Yorkshire. Market day – Wednesday – is the best and busiest day to visit, with stalls laid out down the traditional cobbled market place and main street.
Things to see and do
The broad market place is bordered by a range of interesting buildings, including the timbered Black Swan Inn, dating from c. 1632. It was originally a coaching inn.
Around a mile and a half west of Kirkbymoorside, at Kirkdale, beautiful St Gregory's Minster is an ancient Saxon church set in a secluded valley. It has a remarkable 11th-century carved stone sundial and a very peaceful churchyard.
Walk or cycle out to pretty local villages, such as Gillamoor with its country pub and 'Surprise View'.