In winter, the village makes a picturesque setting for the Grassington Dickensian Festival on the first three Saturdays of December. Villagers dress up in Victorian costumes, there are traditional food stalls, street entertainments, carol singing and 19th century style holiday good cheer.
Most of the village is given over to tourism, with many pubs, restaurants and tea rooms – both smart and simple. But do wander into the grass and cobble backstreets where small stone-built 17th century houses huddle together. People still live in them and ‘peg-out’ their washing in the tiny back yards.
You won’t go hungry in Grassington, but if you want treats to take away, head for the authentic "corner shop" Chocolace on Main Street. They have a huge selection of old-fashioned bagged sweets and more than 40 kinds of liquorice - plus hand-made chocolates.
Spend a Night in GrassingtonGrassington is a good place to stop and is well endowed with bed and breakfasts and small hotels. We've heard good things about these 5-star lodgings:
- Grassington Lodge, a bed and breakfast close to the village center
- Grassington House, a restaurant with rooms in a Georgian townhouse in the center.