Keen to visit some areas further north than we’ve checked out on previous trips to England, we needed to find a place to stay as our family are all located further south.


With most of our trip seeing us based in larger towns and cities, I wanted to find somewhere a bit quieter but still convenient.


In Wetherby, we found a hidden gem – both in terms of the town and in accommodation.


I spent a fair bit of time researching options for a base to visit Yorkshire and beyond and Wetherby seemed to be a perfect choice (and this proved correct). On paper, factors that gave Wetherby the edge for us:

  • Quite central to places we wanted to visit (York, Whitby, Yorkshire Dales, plus a bit of a hike north to Hadrian’s Wall).
  • Large enough town to have all the things we’d need (supermarket, cafes, pubs and independent shops) but not so big we’d need to drive everywhere or deal with parking issues.
  • Great looking AirBnB property.

In reality, we had a total win. Wetherby is a lovely town – the people were super friendly and it was very picturesque. 

Our accommodation turned out to be top class – if you’re interested in a self-catering option in the region, you should definitely check out this cottage. The photos on AirBnB reflect reality (unlike many holiday lets) and the restoration has been completed to a very high standard.

Thumbs up to the butcher at JB Wilkinsons & Sons who sold us some great quality meat (we hope you realise your ambition to visit Australia one day) and to the ladies at The Cottage Coffee Shop by the river who were still serving after four AND had coffee options for the non-milk drinker of the family (me!).

We also dropped into the Treasures Toy Shop which was packed with goodies for kids. The friendly lady working there recommended we add Harrogate to our visit list and we were glad we took her advice as it was as good as she had suggested.

While in Wetherby we enjoyed a few late afternoon strolls around the town, including along the river. Just behind our AirBnB is a pretty little park overlooking the river and also home to some Georgian Baths – a nice place to sit quietly and enjoy the river.

If you’re into Doctor Who, you should also scoot down to the Wetherby police station where you’ll find a blue police box (or is it the Tardis?).

Asides from enjoying the market town itself, Wetherby proved the ideal location to explore much of the region. A big thumbs up from us.