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Grassington is a small Wharfedale market town (though often referred to as a 'village') in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in the English county of North Yorkshire (historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire). As the main residential and commercial centre in Upper Wharfedale, Grassington serves as one ideal base from which to explore the Dales. The cobbled main square and market place, together with the stone built houses of the town, make it a 'picture postcard' Dales destination.

Get in

Grassington is located 8 miles north of Skipton on the B6265. There are hourly buses from Skipton seven days a week (services 72 and 872), plus less frequent services from Buckden and Ilkley (daily), and York (Summer Sundays only). See [1] for bus service information.

By foot

The Dales Way From Ilkley to Windermere passes through Grassington.

Get around

As Grassington is a small town, you can walk everywhere.


1 Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Information Centre, Colvend, Hebden Road, BD23 5LB, ☏ +44 1756 751699. Mo-Th 8.30am-5pm, Fr 8.30am-4.30pm. one of two main information centres within the National Park is located in Grassington  

2 Grassington Folk Museum, the Square, BD23 5AQ, ☏ +44 1756 752801. Exhibits of lead mining, minerals, craft tools, lathes, Dales farming, period costumes, folklore and the days of the railway recalled. World War 2 memorabilia also features. 

3 Grassington Bridge (Lindon Bridge), Station Road. Grade II Bridge over the River Wharfe (updated Jan 2021)

Further afield

4 Kilnsey Crag. situated just off the western edge of the B6160 about 3 miles north of Grassington at Kilnsey is the impressive limestone rock formation of Kilnsey Crag, approximately 170 ft high with an overhang of 40 ft (updated Nov 2020)


  • Take a hike in the Dales around the town - Buckden Pike is a good destination with great views.




1 The Foresters Arms, 20 Main St, BD23 5AA, ☏ +44 1756 752 349. (updated Jan 2021)


There is a good selection of hotels, inns and B&B in the area.

1 Grassington Bunk Barn, Spring Croft, Moor Ln, BD23 5BD, ☏ +44 1756 753882.  

2 Ashfield House, 3 Summers Fold, BD23 5AE, ☏ +44 1756 752584.  

3 Black Horse Hotel, 4 Garrs Ln, BD23 5AT, ☏ +44 1756 752 770. (updated Jan 2021)

4 Grassington House, 5 The Square, Grassington BD23 5AQ, ☏ +44 1756 752406. Upscale restaurant with 9 rooms in a Georgian mansion. B&B double £140. (updated Jun 2020)

Go next

  • Go north to Buckden, 10.7 mi (17.2 km) on the B6160.
  • Go east to Ripon, 22.3 mi (35.9 km), on the B6265
  • Go west to Malham with Malham Cove, 11.8 mi (19.0 km) on the B6265.

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