New homes in Northallerton
Welcome to Northallerton
If you’re looking to live in a rural market town within easy reach of York, a new home in Northallerton could tick all the right boxes for you. With great transport links and lots to see and do in the local area, it’s no wonder Northallerton is such a popular town with families of all ages.
A quick history
Northallerton dates back to Roman times when historians believe it was used as a military base. Later the Saxons populated the area, but by the 11th century, the town was deserted. When the battle with the Scots for land in the north was over, a motte and bailey castle was built in the town, later becoming a palace. By the mid 17th century, the palace was a ruin.
Later Northallerton became a market town, with the trade of sheep and cattle. When the railway line was built in the 19th century, Northallerton thrived with good transport links to York and Newcastle.
Business and industry
Northallerton is still a rural and agricultural town, with a livestock auction taking place twice a week. The town is also home to North Yorkshire County Council and Hambleton District Council, while the RAF Leeming is also a major local employer.
Things to do in the area
The centre of Northallerton is home to a number of independent and high street shops, perfect for an afternoon of retail therapy at Barkers Department Store followed by a cup of tea at the famous Betty’s Café & Tea Rooms.
If you’re moving to the area with a growing family, there are lots of child-friendly attractions in or near the town including Richmond Castle Falconry UK, Camp Hill Adventure Park, and Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm. The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are also nearby, ideal if you want to go hiking or cycling.
If you’re a keen golfer, Romanby Golf Course is located just outside the town, while nearby Stokesley Golf Range is home to a crazy golf course. For evening entertainment, the Forum arts centre is a great place to see live performances spanning music, dance and drama.
Travel and commuting
Whether you’re a commuter or enjoy getting out and about on the weekends, it’s good to know that Northallerton is well-connected by road and rail to nearby towns and cities. The local train station provides links to Newcastle and London on the East Coast Main Line, while the A684, A167 and A1(M) are close by.
The Northallerton to York route is popular with commuters, with the train journey taking just 20 minutes and the equivalent drive taking around 45 minutes depending on traffic. Middlesbrough is 30 minutes away by car or 35 minutes by train, while Harrogate is a 45-minute drive away. The journey to Newcastle takes 45 minutes by train, while the car journey takes over one hour.
If you’re venturing to London, the train journey takes just two hours 20 minutes direct from Northallerton to London Euston. The train to Edinburgh takes two hours 15 minutes. For holidays and business trips, Durham Tees Valley Airport is only a 35-minute drive north of the town.