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Black Swan Hotel
"Since the previous review, the owners have changed. I would say that it is a fairly standard family pub with fairly standard food.

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Black Swan Hotel
"They didnt have the things we ordered, then we got served the wrong things, then we we served food that was beyond bland, then we were never asked if we ..." More

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"Middleham is a small yet delightful town in Wensleydale, dominated by the castle which dates to 1190. This is the centre of the horse racing industry in the North. ..." More

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Middleham is a small but bustling North Yorkshire settlement; its population below 1,000 at the last census making it seem more like a village than a market town. But Middleham is a place of some distinction, with the remains of one of England’s finest castles dominating the view and horseracing dominating the life of the place. Probably settled in Roman times, Middleham occupies a strategic spot where the road west across the country from Ripon could be monitored. Bolton Castle a few miles west of Middleham served the same function, though as Middleham sits on the banks of the River Ure it was doubly important in those days. Middleham Castle was at one time the home of Warwick the Kingmaker, and it was here the future Richard III spent part of his boyhood learning the arts of war and of statecraft. The keep was built in the 1170s, and is the largest in the north, its walls 12 feet thick in places. The castle is in the care of English Heritage, but its greatest treasure can be found in the Yorkshire Museum in York: the Middleham Jewel is an engraved solid gold pendant with a sapphire in it, found by a metal detector user in 1985, and bought for the museum for £2.5 million. This is at the heart of Wensleydale, with Hawes and its creamery at the other end of the valley a good drive away. A more relaxing way to see some Wensleydale countryside though is from the old diesel units running on the Wensleydale Railway, a 17 mile run between Redmire and Leeming Bar – the station at Leyburn is the nearest to Middleham. Horse-racing is the lifeblood of the town today; indeed Middleham is the centre of Yorkshire’s racing industry, boasting the establishments of some top trainers. For those of a sporting nature Ripon, Catterick and Thirsk are all within easy striking distance. The town is a comfortable mixture of architectural styles, with local stone linking them. There are plenty of Georgian and Victorian buildings, and some much older. When the castle was partly demolished during the Civil War stones from it were recycled in local properties and can still be seen for example forming the fireplaces of more venerable buildings. Who says you don’t get owt for nowt?


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In and Out Cottage (0.07 miles)

In and Out Cottage

Charming 'upside down' accommodation in a stone built 18th Century terraced cottage, next to the market square in the pretty village of Middleham. With outstanding views of the surrounding area, this lovingly restored holiday home ... More

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Black Swan Hotel (0.15 miles)

Black Swan Hotel
The Black Swan Hotel is a charming; 17th Century Inn(Grade II listed) found in the historic town of Middleham; North Yorkshire. With its open log fire; oak beamed bar and friendly service; you can ... More | visit website
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Blue Lion (The) (1.63 miles)

Blue Lion (The)
From the first moment that you set foot into the Blue Lion, you will be overwhelmed by its charm and character. Combine this with the warmth of our friendly staff and you have all ... More | visit website
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Golden Lion (1.84 miles)

Golden Lion
The Golden Lion Hotel, Leyburn has dominated the Market square of Leyburn for centuries - a local landmark as well as a Luxury Yorkshire Hotel. The “Gateway to Wensleydale” the Hotel makes an enjoyable stopping off ... More | visit website
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Cross Keys Inn (3.12 miles)

Cross Keys Inn
Welcome to the ‘Cross Keys’, Bellerby, a traditional British Inn located in the heart of the 'Dales'

As well as some very nice wines and top selling national beverages, the finest ales brewed just a few ... More | visit website

The Queen's Head (3.50 miles)

The Queen
A traditional country inn with stunning views of Lower Wensleydale. The Inn is perfectly situated approximately six miles from Bedale, Leyburn and Catterick Garrison, ideal for exploring the Dales, and offers a high ... More
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Wensleydale Heifer (4.25 miles)

Wensleydale Heifer

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Located in the heart of The Yorkshire Dales this traditional inn has been fully refurbished retaining the origional features whilst offering guests every modern comfort. The accommodation ... More
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Elmfields Country House (5.94 miles)

Elmfields Country House

Situated in the heart of Wensleydale, this 4-star family-run guest house provides the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings of the North Yorkshire Dales. Based in Arrathorne, adjacent to James Herriot Country and ... More | visit website

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Aysgarth Falls Hotel (7.15 miles)

Aysgarth Falls Hotel
The Aysgarth Falls Hotel is situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park and set in five acres of grounds that sit above the famous Aysgarth Falls in the heart of Wensleydale. The hotel itself ... More | visit website
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Swinton Park (7.30 miles)

Swinton Park

Set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens, this splendid castle hotel is a real treasure. Only 8 miles from the A1, and two and a half hours by train from London, Swinton ... More | visit website

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