Otley has documented history that a market began in 1222 when King Henry III granted the first Royal Charter. The town had two cattle markets, Wharfedale Farmers' Auction Mart on East Chevin Road and the Bridge End Auction Mart which has closed and was subsequently demolished. Market days are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and there is a Farmers' Market on the last Sunday of every month.
Like most English market towns Otley has a lot of pubs. The latest count is 19. The Black Bull claims to be the oldest.