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Ryedale's Market Towns

The five market towns of Ryedale each have something different to explore and enjoy.

Since Roman times, Malton has been the historic centre of Ryedale. North of the Roman fort site, is the original town of Old Malton, with ancient stone houses and quaint dwellings in the centre of which stands the most beautiful Gilbertine Priory in use in England - St Mary's. The building of a Norman Castle near to the river crossing encouraged the growth of a second town, the modern day Malton. Over the river and joining Malton is Norton on Derwent.

Both Malton and Norton have a range of shops to look round and many coffee shops if you want to sit back and watch the world go by.

Situated on the River Rye, Helmsley is a picturesque market town with many boutiques, delicatessens and award winning ice cream. In the centre of the town stands a statue of William Duncombe, the 2nd Baron Feversham.

Dating back to 270BC, Pickering is dominated by the magnificent spire of the Church of St Peter and St Paul of Pickering. With many attractions including North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Beck Isle Museum, there is plenty to keep you busy in Pickering.

Kirkbymoorside is a small town on the A169 between Pickering and Helmsley. Many visitors will simply drive through it but we encourage you to turn into the town and have a look at the weekly market and its other independent shops.


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