A pretty and historic market town, Appleby is probably best known for the Appleby Horse Fair, an annual travellers fair that draws visitors from across the UK. The town's principal attraction is the picturesque main street, leading uphill from the notable church cloister past the old market hall to Appleby castle.



Sights and Activities

Historic Buildings

There are many Historic Buildings around the town centre, not least the 12th Century Church (which houses the oldest working organ in Britain) and market hall. The extraordinarily well-preserved keep of Appleby Castle is unfortunately now part of a private residence and is no longer open to the public, but may be viewed from a distance.


Being based on the River Eden and at the foot of the Pennines there are plenty of attractive Hiking options nearby. The start-point for walks to High Cup Nick, Cross Fell and Dufton Pike start from near the town.


Appleby hosts probably the best preserved station on the whole of the scenic Settle-Carlisle line. The recently restored Eden Valley Railway, from Appleby to the village of Warcop, is another attraction.



Events and Festivals

Appleby Horse Fair

Probably the best attended Roma fair in the UK, Appleby Horse Fair draws travelling families from across the country. It's a great spectacle for the rest of us too, with hundreds of horses paraded (and raced) around town and many attractively decorated traditional caravans.

2nd week in June, Appleby

Appleby Jazz

Also in Appleby, the annual Jazz Festival is the Eden Valley's biggest cultural event, attracting some top names.

Dates vary annually, Appleby



Getting There

By Train

The principal rail route into Appleby is the Settle-Carlisle line, connecting to destinations including Carlisle, Kirkby Stephen and Leeds.

By Car

Appleby is connected to the main north-south arterial routes by the A66 transpennine road. Note that the section of this road approaching Appleby from the East (between Bowes and Brough over Bowes Moor) is closed more often than any other 'A' road due to snow in winter - check that the road is open before you travel if it's been snowing heavily.

By Bus

Regular bus services connect to Penrith, Kirkby Stephen and Brough, as well as less regular services to neighbouring villages. Check the Travelline for details.



Getting Around

The centre of Appleby is small enough to easily and pleasantly explore on foot.




  • The Royal Oak, Bongate, Tel: 017683 51463. The Royal Oak serves hearty pub food, using fresh local ingredients where possible.




  • The Crown and Cushion, Boroughgate. A proper old-fashioned Cumbrian pub, bang in the centre of town. The building dates from the 15th century.
  • The Aboard, Boroughgate. Another 15th Century pub, virtually opposite.





There are no hostels in Applebly - the closest is in the village of Dufton nearby.


There are plenty of Bed and Breakfast options in the area. The Royal Oak (see above under 'Eat') rents out comfortable rooms.




Keep Connected


Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.


The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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