Malton is a perfect base for visitors. Explore the Dickens connections in the town – see the magnificent York House on Yorkersgate (where his great friend Charles Smithson was born), Smithson’s offices in Chancery Lane (on which he modelled Scrooge’s counting house in “A Christmas Carol” and Abbey House in Old Malton (another Smithson home, where Dickens stayed).
Of Easthorpe Hall (yet another Smithson home, sadly no longer in existence) Dickens wrote “For I am quite serious in saying this is the most remarkable place of its size in England, and immeasurably the most beautiful”.
Next door to us is Mennell’s – surely one of the finest sweet shops in the county. You’ll also find a wide range of independent shops selling quality gifts, clothing, books and speciality foods – and don’t miss the antique shops in The Shambles (off the Market Square).
A few miles to the west lies the glorious Castle Howard, and 15 miles further west the historic city of York (there are fast and frequent rail and bus services). Pickering and the North York Moors steam railway are only 8 miles away. On the way there you can visit Eden Camp, offering a fascinating glimpse of life during the Second World War, and Flamingo Land, boasting the world’s steepest roller-coaster!