Tadcaster is a delightful market town surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. With a fantasic array of cosy pubs selling the finest ales and three historic breweries, including the oldest in Yorkshire, it's the perfect place to stop off for a relaxing afternoon. Alternativly if you are a fan of Yorkshire history, the town has an ancient viaduct bridge and charming church that are both well worth a visit.
History of Brewing
Tadcaster is home to three breweries - John Smith's, Coors and Samuel Smith's. The Old Brewery at Tadcaster was founded in 1758 and is home to Samuel Smith's, the only surviving independant bewery in Tadcaster and the oldest in England!
St Mary's Church
Originally built in 1150, St Mary's church had been rebulit twice - once after being burnt by Scots in 1318 and then down and rebuilt 5 feet higher, stone by stone, in 1857 to aviod flood damage. This pretty church is well known for its fine carvings and famous William Morris east window.
Wharfe Bridge and The Ark
Wharfe Bridge is an architectural wonder. The imposing viaduct, with eleven large arches, was built around 1700 with stone taken from a Norman motte and a bailey castle - an impressive heritage! The 15th Centry Ark buildings is also worth a visit, with impressive carvings of two heads on the front and once a meeting place for the Pilgrim fathers before their voyage to America.