Britain’s Favourite Market Town

31st July 2013

selected by travel writer Brigid Benson

  • Totnes, Devon
    Teeming with stylish independent shops, handsome architecture and delicious places to eat and drink.
  • Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
    This Bohemian town oozes character. Brass bands, canal boats and markets add to the mix.
  • St Ives, Cornwall
    Washed by ethereal light, St Ives has long inspired artists. The sandy beaches and harbour are a hub of colourful activity.
  • Whitstable, Kent
    Oysters, fresh fish, mussels and fishing boats make Whitstable special.
  • Oban, Argyll and Bute
    Walk up to the hilltop folly of McCaig’s Tower for panoramic views, or sip a wee dram of whisky at the harbourside.
  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport celebrates the high quality of local food producers at bustling markets and an annual food festival.
  • Narberth, Pembrokeshire
    The colourful paintbox town of Narberth is a historic meeting place, where drovers traded sheep and cattle.
  • Church Stretton, Shropshire
    The arts festival hosts events throughout town, while the walking festival invites ramblers to discover the area.
  • Peebles, Scottish Borders
    Delightful riverside walks and fine Victorian architecture.
  • Whitby, North Yorkshire
    Traditionally smoked kippers, a ruined abbey associated with Dracula and the Magpie Café, famous for fish and chips. 


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