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Yorkshire Dales Market Towns


Nestling on the banks of the River Ribble, Settle is a busy market town surrounded by some spectacular countryside. Situated In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Settle is a town full of charm and character with something to offer all who visit.

settle fair

Settle market place when the fair comes to town

A town with a rich history Settle derives its name from Old Norse and Means "dwelling place". The towns' first market charter was granted by Henry III in 1249.

A central feature of the town is the "shambles", a historic building with a number of independently owned shops on the lower floors. It is this central area of Settle where the hugely popular outdoor market is held every Tuesday, drawing in many locals from other towns and villages roundabout. A Farmers Market is held on the second Sunday of every month.

Settle is renowned around the world as the starting point of the Settle-Carlisle Railway which takes travellers through some of the most beautiful scenery that England has to offer.

The town has its own theatre; the grade 2 listed Victoria Hall. The 150 year old music hall was restored to its former glory in 2001 and retains many of its original features.

There are many shops to enjoy around the market square, most of which are independently owned as well as several tantalisingly inviting tearooms.

There is a full calendar of events including a flag festival, a lantern parade as part of the Christmas lights switch on and the Settle Sheep Shambles every May.

Market days:

Outdoor: Tuesday

Farmers Market: Second Sunday of the month

More information:

For more information contact the Settle Tourist Information Centre or see our useful links.

Settle TIC,
Town Hall,
North Yorkshire,
BD24 9EJ.
Telephone: 01729 825192 (44 1729 825192)

Useful links:

Dales Market Towns

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