Malton has long held a reputation has a centre for the local farming communities; a place to bring their livestock and produce to sell to the highest bidder; a place where they could meet old friends and compare notes, a place where wives would do their shopping and husbands would visit the bank, the accountant or solicitor and a good excuse to call for a pint and enjoy a puff on their tobacco pipes (pre-2007). In the fifties and sixties the town was a place where coaches would stop off for breakfasts in the mornings and drinks on their way to and from the coast. Malton was hugely popular during this time: the town on a weekend evening the town would be bristling with visitors. All eastbound traffic had to pass through Malton and Norton when travelling to Scarborough, Bridlington Filey and other resorts. Similarly Malton could not be bypassed when going to the North Yorkshire Moors, Whitby and other northeastern seaside towns. It can be said that at this time Malton was truly the Gateway to the Moors.
Malton today is changing as the rural communities change. It is still a place for friends to meet, although nowadays it is more likely to be in a tea room, bistro or trendy bar: it is still a place to linger in comfort discussing the ways of the world. Malton is now however also starting to develop in its own right as a tourist venue; it has much to offer with its ancient, medieval, Victorian and modern history. There is an historical map with points of history shown it is called the Malton Trail and can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office under the museum in the Market Place and in many other cafes, pubs and restaurants throughout the towns.
See the Places to Visit section, for the main Tourist attractions in the area, or contact the Tourist Information centre located in Malton Museum for further details:
Malton Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01653 600048
Fax: 01653 698374
2007 White Rose Tourism Service of the Year Award Finalist
White Rose Award for best TIC in Yorkshire 2010