Malton is a quiet Yorkshire market town with lots of locally owned businesses serving the tourist market and the local community. It is an ideal location for exploring the North York Moors, the Yorkshire coast and the Wolds.
There are lots of shops including outdoor clothing, agricultural supplies, sweet shops, cafes, restaurants, antiques, shoes, art and crafts, equestrian supplies and the usual pubs and hotels. Accommodation is offered in the pubs and hotels and the prices are reasonable. There are Holiday cottages, touring caravan and camp sites located within easy reach of the town. The Derwent Swimming pool is great for kids and Malton and Norton Golf Club offers lessons and is open all year round, weather permitting.
Malton is famous for its horse-racing, with many stables close to the town. Attractions located just outside of Malton include Flamingo Land Theme Park, Zoo and Holiday Village; Eden Camp History Museum and the roman fort of Derventio, which is on the main road just outside of Malton. Home of 'Brideshead Revisited' Castle Howard is 6 miles from Malton. The House is open to the public during the summer whilst the grounds, cafe and gardens are open all year round. The magnificent ruins of Kirkham Priory near Huttons Ambo run alongside the River Derwent, south of Malton. Around the area there are many walks through pretty villages and the Howardian Hill's bluebells (AONB) in the spring are particularly lovely.
Every May, North Yorkshire sees the annual Malton Food Lovers Festival with cookery demos; a master class marquee; street food stalls and even a slow waiter race! This two-day event is sure to keep the whole family entertained for the weekend. Special guests include celebrity chefs such as Rosemary Shrager and Matthew Fort as well as some of the regions own chefs from high-class establishments such as Rudding Park.
Malton is easily accessible by car on the A64 between York and Scarborough. Its popular railway station can be used to travel to York or Scarborough for the day; it even travels all the way to Leeds and Manchester.