The best places to visit in Bedale

Places to eat


Eat – Meet – Relax is Institution’s mantra, it guides them daily to ensure you have the perfect space. Whether you’re taking a bit of time out with a coffee, enjoying afternoon tea with a friend or lunch with a group; the relaxing spaces, excellent menu and great service will only add to your experience at this beautiful boutique café. 

The Reubens

With fresh and fine local produce used by talented chefs to offer a vast range of dining styles, Reuben’s serve food from Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea to Dinner either in the Conservatory or the Lounge and Bar. 

‘Pinch of This’

‘Pinch of this’ is tucked away in their little bakery in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They pride themselves on baking traditional family recipes passed down from three generations. They know a thing or two about award winning homemade cakes and desserts, their team have been making fabulous food since 2005. 

The Sprouted Kitchen

The Sprouted Kitchen is a family run café that offers a brilliant range of brunch, lunch and cakes. They also have a selection of vegan and gluten free options. The café is dog friendly and offers takeaway options for those on the go. 

Places to visit

Wensleydale Railway

Wensleydale Railway: Take a historic journey by steam train and trains of yesteryear with the Wensleydale Railway, through 16 miles of stunning Yorkshire countryside to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Bolton Castle. Running between Leeming Bar and Redmire. Getting to the Wensleydale Railway couldn’t be easier. Leeming Bar is under a mile from the A1, north of Leeds and York or you can join the trains at Redmire, Leyburn or Bedale. There is also a half hourly bus service from Northallerton which takes just 14 minutes and is operated by ‘Dales and District.’ 

Yorkshire Dales

‘Up hill and down dale’, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to some of Yorkshire’s most iconic scenery and attractions. With spectacular limestone valleys, picture postcard villages and historic castles, it’s a place that stirs the emotions and stimulates the senses of everyone that visits.  Have a look at to find some of the hidden places in the Dales and ideas for activities – whatever the weather.

Bolton Castle

A castle that has played a significant role in some of the most important political and religious events between the 14th and 17th centuries, including the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots. There are themed activities throughout the season, rare breed animals to see and regular displays of falconry. Plus, the car park has one of the best views of Wensleydale! Book tickets ahead of your visit to be given priority upon arrival.

Something for the kids

Throw Perrow Wildlife Park

Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, step into a natural wonderland of tree trails, nature trails, lakes and idyllic picnic spots. Children will love the adventure play area, while parents can take in all the colour of the seasons in this ancient woodland. There are daily flying displays at the Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre. Meet the owl and falcon hatchlings in the spring, visit Meerkat Island and take a walk through wallaby wood!

Big Sheep Little Cow Farm

Get the chance to hold and feed animals such as chinchillas, goats, pigs, llamas, donkeys, say hello to a tortoise and fall in love with a beautiful Shetland pony. All animals meet and feed take place around the farm tour, where you can learn all about the running of a farm.

After the animals it’s time for children to play in The Woolly Jumpers Play Barn. There are exciting slides, rope swings, tunnels to crawl though and platforms to climb up as well as a separate ball pool and soft play area for the under 3s. While the children are entertained it’s also the perfect place for parents to relax in the soft seating with a coffee.