Do you love Boroughbridge as much as we do? Positioned in the heart of rural North Yorkshire, Abbots Green is the perfect place to buy if you’re looking for holiday homes near Boroughbridge.
Just 15 miles away from our front gates, this charming market town is a real hidden gem. Once you’ve visited, you’ll want to go back time and again to enjoy its quaint streets and wide variety of unique shops and cafés.
If you’ve never been to Boroughbridge, trust us – make it your first port of call next time you’re in the area. To help get you started, we’ve created…
A visitor’s guide to Borougbridge
From the moment you turn into the historic town centre, you know you’ve found something special. It’s small but perfectly formed, with a church tower peering over the rooftops and the River Ure running nearby.
The town centre is laid out around a market place, with the roads leading off lined with all manner of shops and independent businesses. There’s free on-street parking for up to 90 minutes, or you can pull in to the car park behind the high street for as long as you want.
So what can you do while you’re there? Here are just a few suggestions. There’s plenty more available!
Things to do in Boroughbridge
The charming streets lined with shops are among the biggest attractions. You can buy everything from fruit and veg to home accessories, kitchen gadgets, traditional sweets and even a wedding dress here! Pop in to the Post Office for all those essentials, and book your next holiday with Spear Travels down the road. Make sure you allow plenty of time for exploring Boroughbridge Hardware and its many nooks filled with all manner of objects, and pop in to one of the charming independent tea rooms and coffee shops for a filling lunch or delicious cake. Don’t forget to stop by Winearray, a fantastic independent wine shop (with a few cognacs and whiskies thrown in for good measure) that will be happy to help you stock your fridge, too!
When it comes to events, Boroughbridge has a great track record for celebrating things properly. One of the best times to visit is in the run-up to Christmas, when there’s often a Christmas shopping day put on by the local shop owners. With competitions, activities and special visitors, it’s a family-friendly day and a great way to get to know the town.
The annual Boroughbridge Walking Festival takes place in the spring (usually around Easter) and features routes for all abilities. Many of them take in local landmarks or focus on the area’s history, so they’re educational as well as healthy. The programme often features exhibitions and film nights, too, so even if you’re not a walker, you can get involved.
Things to do near Boroughbridge
The Northern Aldborough Festival is based just down the road from Boroughbridge in this neighbouring village, but its events also take place across a wide area, including the beautiful surroundings of Bramham Park and Stockeld Park.
Despite the name, the Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show has moved around to different sites in the area over recent years. However, its roots are firmly in the local community. Known locally as simply Boroughbridge Show, it is a traditional agricultural show attracting thousands of visitors each year from far and wide. A busy main ring timetable runs alongside numerous stalls and activities around the show field – and of course, there’s plenty of local food and drink to enjoy, too.
If events aren’t for you, there’s plenty to see in the area under your own steam. Take a walk along the river or canal from Boroughbridge, or set out for one of the local landmarks. Among our favourite features are the Devil’s Arrows, a series of huge stones standing in a field adjacent to the Roecliffe road out of town. The name comes from the story that they were flung to earth in an attack on Aldborough by the devil himself. Whatever their origin, they’re a fascinating landmark: higher than Stonehenge yet sitting quietly for all to see on a road in North Yorkshire.
Just down the road you’ll find Newby Hall, a wonderful stately home in beautiful surroundings. As well as the 17th century building, you can explore The Bear House, home to Gyles Brandreth’s collection of teddy bears including Paddington, Fozzie and many more. In the extensive gardens, you’ll find a miniature steam train to ride on, complete with tiny station platform and waiting rooms. The adventure playground is among the best in Yorkshire, with pedal boats, a zip wire, swing boats and much more to explore. If you prefer a more sedate pace, you can lose yourself among the formal and informal gardens and woodlands for hours on end.
Finally, don’t forget to visit Boroughbridge Marina, where you’ll find all sorts of possibilities. Set around the banks of the River Ure, it offers boat hire by the hour, as well as many boats for sale if you want to be able to explore local waterways in your own time. With 85 berths on site, you could also move your own cruiser or narrowboat here – it has great facilities on site and is just a few minutes’ stroll from the town centre and all its attractions.
Holiday homes near Boroughbridge
If Borougbridge charms you as much as it does us, Abbots Green is the perfect place for a holiday home that’s close enough to pay regular visits. It’s a quick drive down the A1, or a meander along the quieter roads through Hutton Sessay and Thornton Bridge. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even cycle it in just over an hour – then stop for a delicious lunch before coming back again!
We have holiday lodges for sale from £105,000 on our quiet site overlooking the Hambleton Hills. Enquire now for more details.
For an alternative option, why not try our sister site, Old Hall Holiday Park? They have holiday homes for sale starting from less than £30,000 and the site is in Langthorpe, a beautiful village just a few minutes’ walk from Boroughbridge.