Hotten is the nearest town from Emmerdale and has featured in the show ever since 1972. It has around 15,000 inhabitants. Since 1972 the town has grown in size and the local hospital, Hotten General Hospital, even has a high rise Main Ward Block. Many residents of Emmerdale Village use the town for shopping. Hotten has grown from a market town to a very major Yorkshire Dales town since 1972, and even has a few high rise towerblocks.
Hotten has included several amenities (in the past and present) such as Hotten General Hospital; Hotten Cattle Market; Hotten Sexual Health Clinic; a department store; a DIY store called Hotten Hardware; a park; and at least one gay bar present at a time, The Rusty Shilling and then Bar West.