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Wetherby Introduction

Set within the green and leafy landscapes of West Yorkshire, around 13 miles north-east of Leeds, riverside Wetherby is jam-packed with character. A centuries-old pit stop for northbound travellers, today the historic market town has plenty to keep you lingering, with its quaint old architecture, traditional market, relaxed cafe culture and scattering of pretty shops. Out of town, outdoorsy folk explore the picture-perfect surrounding countryside, while racing fans place their bets at the nearby Wetherby Racecourse.

Hotels in Wetherby

Whatever your price range and preference, there's plenty of box-ticking hotels in Wetherby and its immediate surrounds to choose from. The majority of digs near the town centre come as locally run B&Bs and historic pub inns, with a couple of larger chain properties featuring on-site restaurants, bars and rooms equipped with free WiFi and flat screen TVs. Beyond the town centre you'll find a mix of plush spa hotels and quaint rental cottages, with nearby Leeds offering even more options – from luxury hotels with chandeliered interiors to chic serviced apartments and budget-friendly hostels.

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Where to stay

Because of the town's convenient location, a hotel in Wetherby provides the perfect base for exploring Leeds, York and Harrogate – but that's not to say it doesn't have attractions of its own. Alongside a historic bridge and the famous racecourse, the town's gently bustling centre is a beautiful place to explore. A riverside sprawl of quaint sandy-hued buildings and flowery streets, here folk meet to gossip in old cafes, hunt for one-of-a-kind finds in pretty shops or scour the Thursday market for fresh produce, clothes and trinkets. Come evening, there are plenty of top-notch restaurants, pubs and bars to relax in.

Things to see

The town's proudest historical landmark is Wetherby Bridge, which you'll find in the town centre. Spanning the River Wharfe, it dates all the way back to the 13th century, with the current bridge built in the 17th century and later widened. Today, the stout stone structure boasts a Grade II listing and is designated a scheduled ancient monument. For a fun-filled family day out or a peaceful walk, Stockeld Park is a must-visit. Boasting 2000 lush and leafy acres, the sprawling estate is home to Adventure Park – a seasonal attraction that offers an array of indoor and outdoor activities depending on the time of year. At Christmas, there's Santa's Grotto, an enchanted forest, ice-skating and cross-country skiing, while summer brings a maze, inflatables, go-karts and more. For horse racing fans, Wetherby Racecourse is where the action is. Situated just 1.5 miles east of the town centre, it's home to restaurants, bars and a Sunday market and car boot sale.

How to get to Wetherby

Wetherby is a doddle to get to. If you're flying up north, Leeds Bradford Airport is the most convenient gateway, situated around 15 miles from town, while the town's nearest railway stations are located in Leeds and York – both of which are well connected to Wetherby by local bus services. If you're driving in, you'll find the town conveniently situated just off the A1. When you're in Wetherby, then number 70 and 71 buses offer a quick link into Leeds – with services leaving from the Wetherby Bus Station, near the historic bridge.