There are few pubs in the UK that have become cultural icons over the years: the Rover’s Return, the Queen Vic, and the Woolpack. The latter of which can be found right here in sunny Yorkshire.
Known to us non-Emmerdale residents as The Falcon Inn, the real-life pub can be found in the lovely village of Arncliffe – where Emmerdale Farm was originally filmed – and was actually the first-ever pub to stand in as the fictional Woolpack.
Taking on the role between 1972 and 1975, the pub has since hung up its soap acting hat, however, is still open to punters today.
Continuing to be the kind of traditional Dales pub we love here at The Yorkshireman – despite its fame – The Falcon Inn serves proper ales and home-cooked food, with plenty of traditional pub dishes on the menu such as fish and chips, pies and homemade curries.
Situated in the quaint village of Arncliffe, right in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, visitors can expect stunning countryside at every turn, alongside the kind of peace and quiet that can only be found in rural England.
And while the Emmerdale production left Arncliffe for the West Yorkshire village of Esholt only a few years into the series, fans of the soap still flock to Arncliffe today to see the original Woolpack pub – which older fans will remember as the most iconic version of the fictional pub.
Sitting on the River Skirfare, the pub is just a short drive away from Dales attractions such as Malham Cove and the historic Tarn, with stunning walks right on its doorstep. It’s the perfect stop off when doing the river walk from Grassington/Linton to Buckden, which takes ramblers through stunning villages such as Conistone, Starbotton, and Kettlewell.
Today, the Woolpack now used in the soap can be found on a purpose-built set in Harewood, Leeds, with tours taking place on select weekends.