The small town is close to the edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The town is well-known for its two breweries, Theakston's and the Black Sheep Brewery, both of which have visitor centres.
Masham has a market charter dating back to the mid-13th century. Its market place, surrounded by fine Georgian buildings, is huge for a town of Masham's size and stems from large sheep markets having being held there in the past.
Masham Sheep Fair (September 26-27, 2020) celebrates a time when as many as 70,000 sheep were sold there each year.
Masham has a number of galleries and studios where local artists and craftspeople work, including a glassmaker producing glass ornaments.
Masham is close to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The town is on the River Ure and River Burn.
Masham has local traders and a supermarket. Masham offers butchers, clothes, crafts, sweets, an outdoor market (Wed Sat).
The town has a Post Office branch.
Masham has a choice of pubs.
Restaurant dining and cafes can be found in Masham.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, sandwiches.
There are public toilets in the town with limited hours of use. (8am-8pm).
Places of worship: Anglican, Methodist.
Places to stay in Masham include hotel, guest house, caravan, camping accommodation.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages Services to Ripon, Leyburn, Richmond.
Road travelMasham can be reached via the A6108 B6267 B6268 .
Places to visit
RiponOne of Yorkshire's historic cities, Ripon has a cathedral dedicated in 672 which was founded by St Wilfred, the Abbot of the monestary of Ripon. The smallest of Yorkshire's seven cities, Ripon also continues ancient traditions, including The Ripon Hornblower who blows the horn at the town's Obelisk in its Market Place at 9pm each evening. Ripon also features some fascinating museums revealing its historic past: a Prison and Police Museum, a Workhouse Museum and Garden and a Courthouse Museum. Find out more about
The Wensleydale Railway
A railway service into the Yorkshire Dales running from Leeming Bar, near the A1(M) towards Bedale, Finghall, Leyburn and Redmire, at the edge of the
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water GardenFountains, near Ripon, North Yorkshire
A World Heritage site containing Britain's most complete Cistercian abbey ruins. Fountains Abbey dates from 1132 when it became the home of 13 monks. The water gardens in the wooded valley of the River Skell were a Georgian addition to the Studley Royal Estate with features including classical statues, follies and garden buildings. Also on the estate are the 12th century Fountains Mill, the early 17th century Fountains Hall, the Porter's Lodge exhibition in the abbey gatehouse, St Mary's Church, a splendid Victorian Gothic Church, and a deer park. The estate is off the
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Marmion TowerWest Tanfield
An impressive stone gatehouse to a lost manor house beside the River Ure which was once the manor of Elizabeth Parr, grandmother of Queen Katherine Parr, the sixth and last wife of King Henry VIII. The manor passed to Elizabeth Parr in 1513, but the gatehouse is now its only significant remains. The gatehouse was originally built during the latter part of the 14th century but has been remodelled several times. Its first floor has a splendid projecting oriel window. The 69 spiral steps of the tower can be climbed during its daily opening times. The tower is managed by English Heritage and there is no admission charge.
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Jervaulx AbbeyJervaulx, near East Witton, North Yorkshire
Jervaulx Abbey is the ruins of a Cistercian monastery dedicated in 1156. They are set in tranquil and beautiful parkland in Wensleydale, the valley of the River Ure. The abbey is privately-owned and became a visitor attraction, wedding venue and film and photography location after many years of conservation work at the end of the 20th century. A visitor centre displays a model of the abbey as it would have originally looked and the abbey also has tea rooms and offers accommodation. Jervaulx is located along the A6108 about 5 miles south-east of
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Middleham CastleCastle Hill, Middleham, North Yorkshire
Middleham has substantial remains of a castle built in stages between the 12th and 15th centuries, including a late 12th century keep which is one of the largest hall keeps in the country. Ditch and timber defences were not replaced with the low stone curtain wall until the early 14th century. It is notable as the place where, in the 1460s, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who later became King Richard III, spent several years of his youth under the guardianship of his cousin Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. During the War of the Roses, King Edward IV was imprisoned at Middleham Castle for a short time in 1469. The castle is managed by English Heritage.
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Lightwater ValleyNorth Stainley
Lightwater Valley is a theme park in 70 hectares of countryside off the A6108 near North Stainley about 4 miles north-north-west of Ripon. It also includes an Angry Birds Activity Park, falconry centre, farm, a country shopping village, cafe and more than 40 rides and attractions, including Europe's longest roller coaster ride, The Ultimate.
The World of James Herriot23 Kirkgate, Thirsk
This museum paying tribute to vet and author James Herriot offers a wealth of things to see at his original practice surgery. The writer, whose real name was James Alfred Wight, wrote a series of semi-autobiographical books through the 1970s which were adapted for two films and a popular BBC TV series. Alf Wight continued to write through the 1980s and early 1990s, focusing more on children's books later in his life. The museum presents the house as it would have been in the 1940s and has an air-raid shelter in the cellar. There is a big display of veterinary instruments from the past to the modern day, a farrier's workshop, a massive collection of James Herriot memorabilia and a behind the scenes look at TV's 'All Creatures Great and Small' including a restored vintage car used in the series.
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Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyExtending across an area of 232 square miles (603 sq km), the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty starts 2 miles from
Yorkshire Dales National ParkAfter going through the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 841 square miles (2,179 square kilometers) of the Yorkshire Dales National Park starts just 15 miles west of Ripon. Find out more on our
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Civil parish councilMasham Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
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District authorityHarrogate Borough Council
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The borough council was made up of 54 elected members with one-third elected in each year out of four, but from 2018 there are now 40 elected members elected each four years.
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