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What's around us?

Topcliffe is a quaint village with a population of around 500 offering 2 public houses, a general store with post office and a third pub/restaurant which is the nationally acclaimed Crab and Lobster bar and Restaurant. Venture further afield to the market towns of Thirsk (3 miles) and Boroughbridge (5 miles), to the Cathedral City of Ripon (8 miles), to Harrogate (16 miles) or to the East Coast (45 miles).

As well as the private fishing there are a number of club stretches and ponds in the local area. Continuing the sporting theme, golf clubs and 5 horse racing tracks are within half an hour!

When you venture out and about the choice is endless. Market towns, walks, Cathedrals, sporting activity, sights, restaurants, cafes and pubs, shopping to list but a few activities!

The details and links below help to give more detailed information as to the variety of ways that you can enjoy being out and about from Swaleside.

Crab & Lobster

Generous, unpretentious and prepared to perfection. If you're serious about food, a visit to the highly acclaimed Crab & Lobster Restaurant is a must. The 'Crab' offers a wide variety of gourmet dishes, from fresh local seafood to traditional English fare.

Angel Inn, Topcliffe

Originally a travellers rest, the Angel Inn at Topcliffe near Thirsk cherishes its historical roots whilst at the same time offering modern dining, beautiful gardens and an excellent conference and function facility. Situated just minutes away from both the A19 and the A1(M), the hospitality is superb and the welcome always warm.

Town and Village attractions

  • York www.visityork.org.uk
  • Harrogate www.harrogate.gov.uk
  • Ripon www.visitripon.org
  • Knaresborough www.knaresborough.co.uk
  • Mouseman Furniture, Kilburn www.robertthompsons.co.uk
  • Designer Outlet, York www.yorkdesigneroutlet.com
  • Byland Abbey, Coxwold www.english-heritage.org.uk
  • Sutton bank and Gliding Club 
Designer Outlet, York

Located on the outskirts of York, this compact but well appointed Outlet Retail Mall is a pleasant oasis of guilt-free shopping, as the literature would have you believe. Containing over 70 outlet versions of high street and boutique names, the mall is different from the usual out of town centres crammed full of the same shops that already exist in your own town. Here you can find the usual shopping centre suspects: Next Clearance, M&S Outlet and also the more bespoke: Armani collections, Osprey, Karen Millen, and many other names that make my wife's eyes light up.
Visit www.yorkdesigneroutlet.com

Jorvik Viking Centre In historic York, the past is all around you. Only at the Jorvik Viking centre is the spirit of the Vikings held captive for all time. At the world famous Jorvik centre you'll embark upon a journey of discovery, deep below the streets of York. On this very site, archaeologists uncovered what Viking life was really like. Now you can see where the Vikings lived and traded when Erik Bloodaxe was King.

Info Hotline (24 hours): 01904 643211
Advanced Booking: 01904 543403
Website: www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Eden Camp Malton

A visit to Eden Camp will transport you back to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, the sounds, even the smells of those dangerous years. This is no ordinary Museum - Not another Military Museum - Not a glass showcase Museum - We have reconstructed scenes using movement, lighting, sound, smells even smoke machines to transport you back in time, to make you feel that you are there taking part in history.

10am to 5pm, try to arrive before 2pm
Tel: 01653 697777
Website: www.edencamp.co.uk

Black Sheep Brewery

Ripon - Situated at the gateway to Wensleydale, Masham in North Yorkshire is the home of the Black Sheep Brewery. Black Sheep Ales are rich in flavour, long on finish, deeply satisfying and are worth the visit alone. You will soon discover however, that there is a lot more to this independent, traditional brewer of fine Yorkshire Ales.

Tel: 01765 680100
Website: www.blacksheep.co.uk

The World of James Herriot

Thirsk - This £1.4 million development combines history, humour, nostalgia, science and education in a unique tribute to Alf Wight, the author of the James Herriot novels. Situated in the actual 'Skeldale House' at No 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, Hambleton district council's millennium project explores veterinary science, takes visitors on a journey back to the 1940's and even allows you to take part in your own TV series!

Tel: 01845 524234
Website: www.hambleton.gov.uk