The steep High Street leads down to the River Nidd, where the original mediaeval bridge was used by monks of Fountains Abbey. The present stone bridge is 18th century.
St. Cuthbert`s Church contains a bell from Fountains Abbey, and was built in the early 19th century, replacing the mediaeval St. Mary`s Church, the ruins of which stand some distance away, overlooking town and river.
The award winning Upper Nidderdale Museum is housed in the Victorian workhouse.
In the High Street is a sweet shop, claimed to be the oldest in England, and a butchers which sells celebrated pies.
The Watermill Inn is a former 17th century flax mill, with one of the largest breast wheels in England
Pateley Bridge was the centre of the Roman lead mining industry, and there are the remains of a Roman camp..