About Howden

The Straw Bale Cottage and the Straw Bale Cabin at Village Farm, Brind are 3 miles from Howden by road. Alternatively, it is a pleasant 2 mile cross country walk which takes about 40 minutes at a leisurely pace. Howden is a quiet, attractive market town with great charm and warm hospitality. It has something to interest everyone.


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Hosend Minster and Cheese Shop



Howden had a fascinating past. There are interesting tales of pilgrims and bishops, horse fairs and airships.


Historical architectural gems include the impressive Minster which dominates the landscape, the Bishops Manor, the Chapter House, the Fruit House and the Shire Hall.

Howden Civic Society produced a leaflet “A Walk through Howden’s Past” which is available in the Straw Bale Cabin and the Straw Bale Cottage to guide and inform visitors on a walk through the town.


We also keep a variety of other books and leaflets about the history of Howden.






Howden Sculpture Sequence on Church Side was created by John MaineArt


Howden Sculpture Sequence on Church Side was created by John Maine.





The Shire Hall is a regular venue for live music, theatre and entertainment. The Shire Hall also boasts cinema facilities with one or two showings a week. For further information telephone 01430 432510 or visit the website, www.howden-shirehall.com

The Howden Live group organise a very popular programme of events, www.howden-live.com

Howden Show is the region’s finest agricultural and horticultural show held annually in July on the picturesque Ashes Playing Field in the shadow of Howden Minster, www.howdenshow.co.uk





Annies Fruit Shop



The Market Place and Bridge Gate are home to a wealth of small friendly shops; fresh fruit and vegetables at Annie’s, bread and cakes at Fuller’s or Atkinson’s and meat from the comical Mr Parkin or Mr Featherstone.


There is also a cheese shop, off licence, chemist, post office, newsagent and a Co-op which opens long hours. There are lovely gift shops, flowers, fashion boutiques, hair and beauty salons and friendly hardware stores. The Friday market stalls usually include plants, fish and local homemade cakes and preserves.






Eating out


For such a small town, there is a wide choice of places to eat out. In addition to the Howden options described below, there are a number of more rural places to eat close to Village Farm. See things to do for more information about these.


  • The Cheese Shop in the Market Place serves a variety of hot and cold food.
  • Minster Fish Bar on Hailgate has both a take away and café menu. (Tuesday – Saturday) 01430 431567.
  • The coffee lounge at California Gardens is open daily for light refreshments and locally made ice cream, www.californiagardens.co.uk.
  • Pub food is served daily at The Wellington and the Bowman’s on Bridge Gate.
  • Zolsha Indian restaurant 01430 432233.
  • The Golden Cottage is a restaurant serving Chinese food and also provides a take away service.
  • There are also two take aways serving Indian cuisine including Howden Spice Garden 01430 432246.



Ashes Playing Field



Tennis courts, bowls and children’s play area at the Ashes playing field. Golf, fishing and horse riding close by. See Things to do.





Howden Marsh - a nature reserve extending to seventeen acres located to the north west of the town centre.