Yarm is a Yorkshire town but, being part of the Stockton-on-Tees Borough unitary authority, it is only in the ceremonial and not the administrative county of North Yorkshire.
Yarm is around 5 miles south of Stockton-on-Tees, 7 miles south-west of Middlesbrough and a similar distance west-north-west of Stokesley.
Yarm's High Street is along a peninsular in the River Tees and leads to the bridge leading out of Yorkshire at its north end. At the opposite side of the bridge is Egglescliffe in the ceremonial county of Durham.
The five-arch bridge was originally built around 1400 for Bishop Skirlaw of Durham, but has since been widened. The nearby 43-arch viaduct, built in 1849, brought the railway through Yarm and across the river.
The Town Hall is the most distinctive feature of the Georgian-style High Street which features dozens of listed buildings. The Town Hall was built in 1710 as the Lord of the Manor's Court House. Stones on the building mark the height to which historic floods on the River Tees submerged the town.
In recent decades, Yarm has expanded with modern housing and new schools to the south and to the east, where it stretches towards the River Leven, a tributary to the Tees.
Another modern feature of the town is the Princess Alexandra Auditorium, an impressive architectural award-winning 750-seat venue, opened in 2012, and the smaller Friarage Theatre, opened in 2016.
The town is at a bridge over the River Tees
Yarm has a choice of inns.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets.
The town has Post Office branches.
Yarm has a bank.
The town has pharmacies.
Restaurant and bistro dining can be found in Yarm.
The town has cafes and coffee shops.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include pizzas, sandwiches.
The town has a library.
Yarm has theatres - The Princess Alexandra Auditorium and Friarage Theatre.
Yarm has a community centre.
Yarm has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, other.
Yarm was formerly in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Yarm stationStation managed by: TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS.
Operator/s: TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS.
Yarm station is in Green Lane.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelYarm can be reached via the A67 A1044 B1264
Places to visit
Mount Grace PrioryStaddlebridge, near Osmotherley, North Yorkshire
Mount Grace Priory, situated around 6 miles north-east of Northallerton (7.5 miles by road), is the best preserved Carthusian priory in Britain. The priory gives an insight into how the small group of monks who lived there spent their lives 600 years ago with a reconstruction of a cell, or small house, of one of the hermit monks, with its herb garden and work spaces. Founded in the mid-14th century it was the last monastery to be founded in Yorkshire in medieval times and it was also one of the last in Yorkshire to be supressed, in December 1539. The priory guest house was redesigned in the 17th century as a mansion and now houses an exhibition of the life of the former priory while outside are attractive formal gardens. The Priory can be accessed by car from a minor road leading from the busy 70mph A19 dual carriageway requiring particular care when entering or leaving the site. The priory is also accessible by footpaths. Mount Grace Priory is managed by English Heritage but is owned by the National Trust.
More information at the
Captain Cook Memorial MuseumGrape Lane,
A fascinating and detailed insight into the great voyages and life of Captain James Cook and his crews as he navigated coastlines and charted much new territory, including circumnavigating New Zealand and building upon the work of other sea explorations and Dutch explorers who had sailed to Australia before him. Excellently presented information about the explorer is contained in the museum in a 17th century house where Cook lodged as an apprentice and trained as a seaman. The museum is open from February to November with opening by appointment in the winter.
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The James Cook Schoolroom MuseumHigh Street, Great Ayton
One of a number of museums devoted to the famous Yorkshire navigator and explorer James Cook, the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum is situated in the small and picturesque village of Great Ayton where he was educated at the Postgate School. The small volunteer-run museum recreates an 18th century schoolroom, interactive displays of Cook's achievements and also has sections on the history of Great Ayton. The museum has seasonal opening times and also offers school visits.
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North York Moors National ParkThe beautiful scenery of the North York Moors National Park starts around 9 miles south-east of Yarm and extends for 554 square miles (1,435 square kilometres). Within its area are moorland and coast, historic stateley homes, remains of castles and abbeys, attractive villages and market towns and a historic railway. For more information see our page dedicated to the
Emergency servicesCleveland Police
Cleveland Fire Brigade
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Civil parish councilYarm Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website
Borough (unitary district) council
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is a unitary authority which covers an area which is mostly in the ceremonial county of Durham but also includes an area south of the River Tees which was in the historic North Riding of Yorkshire and is today part of the cermonial but not the administrative county of North Yorkshire.
In the area south of the Tees are the towns of
The whole borough has 56 councillors, representing 26 wards. Each ward is represented by between one and three councillors, who are elected for a four-year term.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council website.
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
Cross-county strategic authorityTees Valley Combined Authority
Provides a decision-making authority on economic development, transport, infrastructure and skills in the four unitary boroughs (Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland) which for a time made up the county of Cleveland and now with the addition of the Darlington unitary authority. It is made up of representatives from each authority plus the chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited, the local enterprise partnership. A mayor for the Tees Valley Combined Authority was elected in May 2017. Of the boroughs involved, Middlesborough, Redcar and Cleveland and a part of Stockton-on-Tees (south of the River Tees) are part of the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire with the other areas part of the ceremonial county of Durham.
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland
Oversees Cleveland Police covering an area made up of the four borough (unitary district) councils of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
Fire AuthorityCleveland Fire Authority
The 16-member fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four borough (unitary district) councils of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
National government regionNorth East England
Ceremonial countyNorth Yorkshire
Historic-1968 In the North Riding of Yorkshire.
1968-1974 In the County Borough of Teesside.
1974-1996 Stockton-on-Tees borough within the artificially-created county authority of Cleveland (which included Teesside County Borough, districts from the North Riding of Yorkshire and the borough of Hartlepool, County Durham).
1996- County of Cleveland abolished. Stockton-on-Tees becomes a Unitary Authority.