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Hillside Meadow Lodges is the ideal place to explore North Yorkshire and is right at the gateway to the North York Moors. We have some excellent tourist destinations just on our doorstep, from idyllic countryside walks to historic market towns ready for you to explore.

Please see below what our local area has to offer.

Dog & Gun

Knayton - 1.5 miles
A warm welcoming family run village pub set in the village of Knayton. The Dog and Gun pride their selves on homemade traditional pub food as well as an extensive specials board. Dog friendly. 

Tel: 01845 537368

The Gold Cup Inn 

Nether Silton – 4 miles
The Gold Cup Inn at Nether Silton offers a cosy welcome, summer or winter, rain or shine.

Located in the centre of Nether Silton village opposite the green on the edge of the North York Moors national park.

Tel: 01609 883416

The Old Oak Tree

South Kilvington – 4.3 miles

Nick, Laurette, Mollie and Elliot welcome you to our freehouse with home cooked food and ever changing guest ales. In addition to our everyday menu, we have our ever changing special boards.  We also offer a selection of sandwiches and light bites over lunch.Enjoy farm-fresh meat & vegetables in a traditional Sunday lunch at the Old Oak Tree Thirsk. Dog friendly. 

Tel: 01845 523276

The Carpenter's Arms

Felixkirk – 4.5 miles
Whether you are looking for a lovely meal, or maybe a thirst-quenching drink, or just in need of a good old sit down and a chat, you will find the Carpenter's Arms the perfect answer. Dog friendly in bar area. 

Tel : 01845 537369

The Grand India

Thirsk – 5.3 miles

The Raj of India offers a superb menu with a range of Indian cuisine to suit all tastes and pockets, all cooked to order on the premises from fresh ingredients, by a team of specialist chefs.

Tel: 01845 526917

Racha Thia Bistro

Thirsk - 5.4 miles

Thai restaurant and takeaway in Thirsk.  Racha Bistro serve authentic homemade Thai food using the best local ingredients with exotic herbs and spices.

Tel: 01845 524265

White Horse Café – Fish and Chips

Thirsk – 5.5  miles

Local Fish and Chips in the centre of Thirsk. Takeaway or eat in.

Tel: 01845 522786

The Black Swan

Oldstead – 14 miles

The Black Swan at Oldstead is, according to TripAdvisor, the Travellers Choice Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the World 2017! Tommy Banks' talent as a chef is in itself truly remarkable. He was Britain's youngest Michelin-starred chef in 2013 and won Great British Menu in 2016 and 2017. 

Tel:  01347 868387

Rockliffe Hall (23 miles)

Rockliffe’s luxurious Spa is one of the largest in the country, and its Good Spa Guide ‘5 Bubble Luxury Spa’ status heralds it the best in the North of England for Spa days and Spa breaks. The spa journey takes you through experiences which enhance circulation and boost the immune system, leaving you feeling healthier and re-vitalised. No spa day or spa break is complete without a visit to the new spa garden, blending indoors and outdoors for when you need an extra touch of tranquillity.

Rudding Park (30 miles)

Rudding Park's highly acclaimed Harrogate Spa offers you the opportunity to relax and unwind. The Spa has four treatment rooms, including a hammam, beauty area, steam room, experience shower and two relaxation areas. Their extensive range of spa treatments and packages use three luxurious product ranges: CARITA, Spiezia and Aromatherapy Associates.

Swinton Park, Masham (27 miles)

Swinton Park spa is an oasis of calm - a peaceful conservatory bathed in warm natural light with lush tropical vegetation. The Jacuzzi pool is set in its own deck, with the relaxation zone at ground level and the sauna and shower recessed into the outer wall. Guests enjoy total privacy - treatment rooms are discreet and subtly furnished, all complemented by the expansive and serene surroundings of the hotel and grounds.

Verbena Spa at the Feversham Arms, Helmsley (20 miles)

Situated on the edge of the North Yorks Moors in the picturesque market town of Helmsley, the Verbena Spa has won the coveted 5 bubbles from the Good Spa Guide and named one of Tatler's 101 Spas of the World. Spoil yourself and escape the pressures of day to day existence - a range of Elemis treatments and packages await you, as well as the heat experience - including saunarium, steam room, salt inhalation room, footspa, outdoor heated pool and outdoor hot tub. Alternatively, relax on the generous soft seating or in the South-facing terrace garden.

The Forum Northallerton (8 miles)

The forum hosts a variety of events including live music, theatre, cinema viewings, comedy events and evenings with guest speakers.


The Princess Alexandra Auditorium (17.5 miles)

This auditorium hosts comedy, theatre, music, dance, lectures and live streams. Big names perform here, including the likes of Jimmy Carr, Ian Botham, Alexandra Burke and Iain Stirling. 

Full listings of what's on can be found:


York Theatre Royal (27 miles)

There are a whole host events and shows at York Theatre Royal. Visit the website to find out more: 

Roots Farm Shop

East Rowton - 9 miles

Roots Farm Shop is a social hub, giving locals the chance to chat with their neighbours and for those from the town to enjoy a taste of the countryside. We are pleased to offer a local outlet for the fantastic produce our farming neighbours are diversifying into throughout Yorkshire and the North East.

Five Houses Farm Shop & Kitchen

Crathorne - 14.9 Miles

The Five Houses Farm Shop & Deli has a traditional butchery, a well stocked deli and a wide range of carefully selected artisan products which are sourced from local suppliers as well as other artisans further afield.

Whitegates Nursery

West Rowton - 9 Miles

Whitegates Nursery and Garden Centre in Northallerton, for homegrown plants, flowers, shrubs, gardening tools and clothing and much more.


Ritz Cinema

Thirsk 6 Miles

The Ritz cinema is located in Thirsk, Yorkshire. The cinema is one of the oldest continuous run cinemas in the United Kingdom, having first opened to the public in 1912. The cinema aims to bring recent film releases to a rural town at affordable prices.

Monk Park Farm

Thirsk – 9 Miles

Open farm in Hambleton Hills, offering indoor and outdoor viewing and feeding areas, wild fowl lake, tea room and toilets, picnic area, play area, as seen on Blue Peter.

Lightwater Valley

Ripon – 21 Miles
With over 40 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with mini, mega and ultimate adventures for the whole family.

Ripon Treetop Nets

Ripon - 21 Miles

Try to imagine over 2000m2 of giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made out of netting. Now picture this safely suspended between trees up to 12m off the ground and set in mature native woodland and you'll have the right idea.

Flamingo Land

Malton – 34 Miles
Yorkshire's ultimate Theme Park attraction & the UK's most visited Zoo, plus a luxury Resort Village, for fantastic family days out.

White Horse of Kilburn

Kilburn – 4.5 Miles

This old favourite takes you to the top of the most northerly turf-cut white horse in England. The path is directly above the White Horse so you can’t see much of the horse itself, but the linear route along the escarpment gives you ample opportunity to savour one of the finest views in England, from the top of Sutton Bank.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank – 5.4 miles

Vet and author James Herriot declared the tremendous view from the dramatic Sutton Bank escarpment over the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York, the "finest in England". So why not stop at the top of the bank, visit the Centre and blow away the cobwebs with a walk or cycle ride? It's an official Dark Sky Discovery Site too, one of three in the North York Moors. Entry to the Centre is free.

Thirsk Furniture Trail

Thirsk - 5 Miles
Take a tour of the workshops and experience the timeless beauty of craftsmanship in solid wood. The Thirsk furniture trail is in a beautiful and historic part of North Yorkshire centered on the charming market town of Thirsk.

World of James Herriot

Thirsk – 6 Miles
A unique tribute to Alf Wight, famous author of the James Herriot novels and is the only centre of its kind in the UK dedicated to Veterinary science.

Thimbleby Shooting Ground

Thimbleby 7.5 miles

Thimbleby Shooting Ground sits within the North Yorkshire National Park, enjoying an idyllic and picturesque setting. Ideal for a clay shooting day.

The Falconry Centre

Kirby Wiske – 10 miles

Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species.Eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful arena

Emmerdale Tours

Harewood – 36 miles
Follow in the footsteps of Yorkshire’s best loved soap-stars as you visit the outdoor Emmerdale village set. When the cameras stop rolling, we open the gates as cast and crew down scripts for the weekend to allow you to enjoy an exclusive tour of the popular fictional village.

Brimham Rocks

Patley Bridge – 27 Miles

At a height of nearly 300m, Brimham Rocks enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Set within the Nidderdale area of Natural Beautry, this fascinating moorland is filled with strange and fantastic rock formations and is rich in wildlife.

Mount Grace Priory

Staddlebridge – 9 miles

Set amid woodland in North Yorkshire, this unusual monastery is the best preserved Carthusian priory in Britain. Mount Grace Priory is the perfect tourist attraction for a relaxing and peaceful day out.

Rievaulx Abbey

Helmsley – 13 miles

Wander the extensive ruins of the abbey or explore the elegant museum displaying previously unseen artefacts which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.

Byland Abbey

Coxwold - 15 miles

Byland Abbey is the perfect place to stop on a family day out, or if you’re walking or cycling in the North York Moors National Park.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Bedale – 18 miles

Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. This 85 acre arboretum is unique to Britain, if not Europe, in that it was the creation of one man, Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 - 1977) and is now owned and managed by Sir John Ropner.

Newby Hall & Gardens

Boroughbridge – 19 Miles

The family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, is one of England's renowned Adam houses,an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration, recently restored to its original beauty.
Award winning gardens. A perfect day for all the family. Events throughout the year

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Ripon – 21 miles

Fountains Abbey with Studley Royal Water Garden, four miles west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, is of outstanding historic and aesthetic importance.

Ripley Castle

Ripley – 25 miles

The castle and gardens are open to the public all year round and make a really interesting and entertaining day out.

Harewood House

Harewood- 38 miles

Harewood is a great family day out. Visit the Adventure Playground, explore the Gardens and Bird Gardens, take a boat trip across the lake or marvel at the collections in the House.

5.5 miles

Thirsk is an old fashioned market town in the Vale of Mowbray North Yorkshire . Famous for its race course, 15th Century Church and Thomas Lord. Thirsk is also the Darrowby of the late James Herriot  (Alf Wight).

7 miles

Northallerton is the county town of North Yorkshire. Set between the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west and the North York Moors National Park to the east the town has been a centre of communications for centuries.


15 miles

Helmsley is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park, and is the perfect base for enjoying the wider area. But there’s plenty to do in the town, from fascinating attractions including the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley Castle.


18 miles

The little city that packs a big punch, Ripon is a cathedral city steeped in history and home to distinctive historical buildings and long observed traditions.


25 miles

The town centre is perched on the cliffs above the River Nidd and the imposing railway viaduct across the Nidd Gorge offers an amazing view to visitors as they arrive by train.


28 miles

The North's spiritual capital for 2000 years, York is central to Britain's colourful history. Visit the stunning York Minster, enjoy Stonegate and Shambles shopping and live the history at the JORVIK Viking Centre, National Railway Museum and York Castle Museum.


29 miles

With so many beautiful and unusual sights to see in Harrogate District, it’s no wonder that tourists come back year after year. Harrogate is famous for its horticulture, historic buildings, stunning scenery and natural springs, making it the perfect place to sightsee without spending a penny.


50 miles

On the stunning Yorkshire Coast, discover award winning sandy beaches, breathtaking coastline, wonderful family attractions and some of the best events in the country. Scarborough is one of the UK's top tourist destinations..


6.5 miles

The Thirsk Racecourse facilities have benefited from huge and widespread investment over the past few years and really are up there amongst the best in the land.

York Racecourse

York 30 miles

Award winning modern grandstands, characterful listed buildings, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for the best of racedays at York.

Ripon Races

Ripon – 18 miles

Known as Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’, Ripon is renowned for its colourful flowerbeds and well-kept lawns. Ripon is very much a family racecourse and hosts a vast array of racedays to suit all parties and ages, along with some top quality racing.

Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Club

Thrisk – 4.5 miles

Nestled in the Stunning North Yorkshire countryside and with a splendid backdrop of the rolling hills on one side and lush vales on the other, Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Club is one of those parkland courses that is simply a pleasure to play.

Romanby Golf Club

Northallerton – 9.3 miles

Set in over 200 acres of serene parkland the 18 hole championship standard course follows the meandering route of the River Wiske. The natural landscape lays out a challenging but rewarding experience for all golfers.

Stokesley Golf Range 

Stokesley – 22 miles

Tee off for a round of golf on our picturesque course. Built to the highest standard the fairways and greens are suitable for beginners right through to established golfers.


Bramham Horse Trials - June

Tour de Yorkshire (Cycle Race)

Deershed Festival – July

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Duncombe Park Country Fair (Near Helmesley)

North Yorkshire County Fair

Malton Show

Great Yorkshire Show

Borrowby Show

Ryedale Show

Osmotherley Show

Ripley Show

Bilsdale Show

Wensleydale Show

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Stokesley Show

Nidderdale Show

Countryside Live

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