Appleby is one of the most picturesque market towns in northern England. It is renowned for its friendly atmosphere – visitors will find a warm welcome – and its delightful small shops offering local crafts and specialities.Take time to explore the beautiful Church of St Lawrence, which contains one of the oldest surviving organs in the country, or delve into the history of the grammar school, attended by the half-brothers of George Washington, first President of the USA. Peek into the peaceful courtyard of St Anne’s Hospital – a group of almshouses originally built for 13 poor widows of the Castle Estate. It is still maintained by the trust endowed by Lady Anne Clifford.
In June each year, the 300-year-old Appleby Horse Fair is a colourful gathering of travelling people from all over the country, who converge on the town to buy, sell and race horses and ponies. Other festivities include the Rushbearing services still held in the villages of Great Musgrave and Warcop, and the outstanding Jazz and Music Festival held every August.