River and bridges


Founded by the Romans and built from the same beautiful, local limestone that was used for York Minster, the historic brewery town of Tadcaster is complete with lovely shops and cafes and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.


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The historic brewery town of Tadcaster is complete with lovely shops and cafes, surrounded by beautiful countryside. You can walk along the River Wharfe and see the town’s listed 18th century bridge, or visit the beautiful 15th century St Mary’s Church. The magnificent stained glass window, designed by William Morris & Co is believed to hold two panels created by the designer himself.

Let your creative juices flow in a fun, easy-​going creative atmosphere at Glazed and Confused Ceramic Studio. Choose a ceramic item, design it and then paint it!

With a fantastic array of cosy pubs selling fine ales and three historic breweries, including Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire, it’s the perfect place to stop off for a relaxing few hours. Whilst you’re there, you may even see the Shire horse and cart making one of its regular beer deliveries to the town’s pubs.

As well as a fantastic array of pubs, there are also a pick of tearooms to choose from, including The Lemon Tree, The Tea Lounge and Roast Coffee Shop – not forgetting the cyclist friendly Everything Good Goes and their delicious pizzas!

Tadcaster boasts a weekly Thursday market, a monthly Cobbles Market for local traders and a whole host of annual events too.

There is much to offer local people and visitors attracted to this historic market town and Tadcaster is proud to offer free parking, with car parks located in the heart of the town.

Not far from Tadcaster you’ll find historic Towton Battlefield, the site of a major battle during the War of the Roses, often described as the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Find out more at the information centre in the grounds of the Crooked Billet pub in Saxton and walk the battlefield trail and see where Henry VI’s men faced the army of Edward IV.

View of Tadcaster High Street looking towards the brewery
The Ark in Tadcaster, a black and white building
panoramic view of Tadcaster
John Smith Brewery sign

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