Around half a mile beneath the village on a fertile plain, there are remains of a Roman Villa, called Kirk Sink. The stones used to construct the villa were gradually removed and most likely used to make the present church which replaces it.
Due to the inequalities upon the surface, prove the villa to have been a parallelogram; long and wide. 70 years ago it was dug into and the frame of a tessellated pavement was discovered at that time, of which a man named Dr. Whitaker had seen some of the remains, influenced him to apply for permission to open the ground again.
Unfortunately the remains could not be ascertained as the church bled into the foundations, all that could be found was fragments of the pavement and remains of the mortar used to construct the villa.
The church is located just across from the Masons Arms pub in the southern half of the village.
Gargrave is in the Gargrave and Malhamdale ward of the non-unitary authority, Craven District Council, and is also served by the Yorkshire County Council for local services. For parliamentary elections Gargrave is in the Skipton and Ripon constituency.
As well as sitting on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, the main road through Gargrave is the very busy A65 which goes from Leeds to Kendal in the Lake District. There has been a long-running campaign to have a by-pass built around the village. Gargrave railway station is served by rail services to Leeds to the east and Morecambe and Carlisle to the west. Gargrave also has bus links to Skipton, Settle, Malham, Barnoldswick and Preston.
Being on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and having the Pennine Way National Trail going through the village, Gargrave is a popular destination for hikers and cyclists. Gargrave has a busy village hall hosting art exhibitions, tea dances, snooker, lectures, indoor bowls and pantomimes.
The cricket club has first and second team playing in the Craven and District Cricket League
There is also a snooker club and a bowling club in the village as well as the Craven Lawn Tennis Club being sited there.
Since the turn of the century there is a golf society run from the masons arms public house in the village.