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Founded by the Normans in 1071, Richmond is a leafy, vibrant market town with an impressive castle keep, a vast cobbled market place and an elegant Georgian district. Explore its colourful past at Easby Abbey, take a guided ghostwalk or stroll along the green banks of the River Swale.
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Richmond Castle This beautiful Norman castle is well worth a visit where construction started in 1071.
Castle keep The keep towers 100ft above the town and the walls are said to be 11ft thick.
Richmond Market Markets are held in the Town both indoors in the Market hall and outside in the Market Place.
Former England rugby captain Rob Andrew was born in Richmond on 18th Feb 1963!
The locals celebrated by roasting an Ox in Richmond market place.
The word Richmond comes from the Norman Riche-Mont meaning Strong Hill.
Often referred to as the northern gateway to the Dales, Richmond offers a welcome blend of history and beautiful scenery. Walk even a short distance and you'll stumble across Norman, mediaeval and Georgian architecture, picturesque ruins and fascinating stories. Follow the history of the region's Green Howards regiment, experience the rowdiness of 18th Century theatre or discover Richmond after dark on a ghostwalk in the castle keep.
A stroll around the Georgian town of Richmond or a challenging hike through the wooded valleys of the River Swale, being just a short distance away from the Yorkshire Dales means there's plenty of hills, woodland and mountains to explore.
What could possibly be better than a combination of both historic architecture and stunning landscapes? I would expect the answer to be nothing. In Richmond, it has it all, the Norman stone fortress - Richmond Castle, and its magnificent views from its towering keep. Kiplin Hall which stands in the beautiful countryside of the Vale of Mowbray, Mill gate House Gardens, overlooking the river swale and its surrounding landscape and many more historic buildings.
Richmond is a town full of interesting facts to explore and uncover. Whether you want to delve into the history and tradition of the Green Howards story by visiting the Green Howards museum or understand more into Richmond's heritage by going to the interactive heritage centre at the Station. There are plenty of things on offer for both locals and visitors in the town.
Just outside the town of Richmond, Swaledale festival is held, offering a wide range of entertainment and activities for all the family. These festivities include performances from a variety of top class musicians from around the world, Art, Poetry and Drama exhibitions held in the local venues such as village halls, churches, pubs, and castles. Guided walks will also be available for you to explore the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
Be inspired and invigorated at Richmond's Walking and Book Festival, where you will be able to engage in weekend and evening book events and offering you the chance to meet well-known authors and also discover new ones. Graded walks are also available each day, to allow you to explore the beautiful Yorkshire dales. Whether it is a stroll around the historic town of Richmond or a challenging hike through Swaledale, there's something for all abilities. Other activities will also be on offer including orienteering, mountain bike trials and the opportunity to try out the northern loop of the Tour De France route.
Richmond offers a welcome blend of history through Britain's oldest working theatre, the Georgian Theatre Royal. Built by actor/manager Samuel Butler in 1788 the theatre is still in its original form welcoming visitors of all ages to its guided tours, shows and events. The Station is another strong part of Richmond Heritage being transformed in 2007 from a torn up Victorian railway terminus to a stylish café bar and restaurant, two screen cinema and art gallery. Visitors can also find out about the colourful history of Richmond railway by visiting the interactive heritage centre located in the old booking office near the main entrance.
If you're fond of historic architecture then Richmond is the place to be. Kiplin Hall stands in the beautiful countryside of the Vale of Mowbray in between the town of Richmond and Northallerton. This original Jacobean house has now been furnished as a comfortable Victorian home, and offers visits including woodland and lakeside walks, the 18th century Walled Garden, the Rose and Sensory gardens and a newly planted White Garden. There is also Millgate house which is a Georgian house with award winning gardens overlooking the River Swale. Existing since the eighteenth century, the walled gardens have won first prize out of 3200 entries in the RHS National Garden Competition and therefore is definitely worth a visit.
With a wide variety of pubs, cafes, takeaways and restaurants you'll never be short of somewhere to eat in Richmond. Whether you're living in Richmond or just visiting, a trip to the local Fish and Chip shop is always a must. Barker's Fish and Chips and Castle Fisheries are both situated in the cobbled market place selling good quality traditional Fish and Chips - a favourite for all the family.
Although Richmond sits just outside the Yorkshire Dales it still offers a variety of International Cuisine within its Town. Rustique is a restaurant specialised in rustic French cooking situated just off the towns market place. It has a vibrant and upbeat bistro atmosphere and offers a wide and varied selection of meat and fish dishes cooked with local products. Just a short walk away La Piazza situated, an authentic Italian restaurant serving traditional Italian food ranging from Pizzas and Pasta to Seafood and Grills.
If it's some of Yorkshire's own finest foods you wanted then the Frenchgate Hotel and Restaurant is the place for you. With an exquisite Georgian dining room, passionate and enthusiastic staffand locally sourced ingredients you will have the perfect dining experience.
When you need a quick stop after a long morning's hill walking or want to experience some of Richmond's locally sourced food then the town has plenty to offer. With a wide choice of Tea Rooms around the town you will never be short of somewhere for a spot of lunch. Cross view tea rooms is a traditional Tea Room located in a listed Georgian building overlooking Richmond's historic cobbled market place. It has been serving locals and tourists with a wide range of freshly prepared food and drinks prepared on the premises using locally sourced supplies for over 25 years. Located just off the A66 is family-run Mainsgill Farm Shop and Tea Room. Popular with both local residents and visitors, it offers a warm country welcome whether you are popping in for a bite to eat and drink at the tearoom, or buying your fresh meat and vegetables from the farm shop.
In need of something to do with the kids? Why not take them to Richmond pool offering two swimming pools and a range of different activities to suit everyone. Or to Richmond Sports Complex which is located at Richmond Secondary School that provides a variety of activities such as badminton, basketball, volleyball, handball, cricket, football and netball.
Just outside the town of Richmond, the local golf club is situated. Not overly long but is still an extremely worthwhile golf course to experience, with its fabulous setting and tranquil atmosphere, it's not one to miss.
Richmond is a town with the most stunning scenery ever to be seen, situated just a stroll away from the wooded valleys of the River Swale and the Yorkshire Dales. Explore the miles of hills, moorland and mountains just outside of Richmond and whether you walk, cycle or ride make sure you take in the spectacular scenery and beautiful landscape all around you. With various walks available whether it is a gentle riverside walk in Reeth or a challenging climb crossing the glorious high country of the Yorkshire dales, you'll never get bored of the exquisite scenery.
Foxglove Covert is a local nature reserve that covers over 100 acres of moorland edge, it contains woodland, heathland, grassland, streams, ponds, a lake and more. Currently being retained and enhanced visitors and the local community can still enjoy and appreciate this wonderful wildlife habitat.
Although Richmond is blessed with its magnificent surroundings, Local parks and open spaces are still seen of high great importance and are maintained to the greatest of standards. Ideal for an afternoon chill out, or a place for a picnic, these areas are perfect for both visitors and the local community to admire the landscape and take in the tranquil atmosphere.
If you need something to do on those rainy days, then the station is perfect for you. Having two state of the art cinemas that have recently been upgraded to digital , each seating up to 100 people and multiple screenings being offered each day it is perfect for both visitors and the local community of Richmond.
Richmond Castle is among the oldest Norman Stone Fortress' in Britain and has dominated the town for many years. This fine construction is sited on a rocky promontory above the river swale with its towering keep, over 30 metres high providing magnificent views over the clustered houses of Richmond. Explore the exhibition centre and take part in the interactive tours in order to found out more interesting facts about this towering building. Easby Abbey is an enjoyable walk from Richmond castle where you can find substantial remains of the Pre-monstratensian house known for its lavish roof-height refectory and other monastic buildings.
St Agatha's church lies behind the atmospheric ruins of Easby Abbey and is dated mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries. Although little of the original church remains, it is mostly famous for its splendid series of mediaeval wall paintings in the chancel depicting scenes such as the Creation and the Nativity. Therefore this historic and fascinating church is definitely worth visiting.
Richmond has a vast amount of museums where you can uncover plenty of interesting facts about the town's heritage. Explore the Green Howards museum where artefacts and photographs are kept from the Crimean war the North-West frontier of India, the Boer War, and film archives from World War I and II. This exciting experience can help you discover the the history and proud tradition of the Green Howards. If its local history you're looking for then head on down to Richmondshire museum where you can find a variety of artefacts and information in each of its ten different galleries. Whether it be the in the reconstructed cruck house, the leadmining gallery or even in BBC TV James Herriot's surgery set, there's lots to offer for everyone.
Richmond is described as the Georgian district because of its magnificent architecture and fine Georgian buildings which surround the largest cobbled marketplace in England. The Georgian era was a time of great prosperity for the town and as a result of this, both large and small properties were built along winding lanes and sloping, hilly roads to form an attractive roofline, a sight definitely not to be missed.
Markets form a valuable part of Richmond heritage and are held throughout the year, both indoor in the market hall and outdoor in the market place. A traditional outdoor market is held every Saturday which is a main attraction for both visitors and local people as it offers a wide variety of goods ranging from local farm produce to crafts and toys. Every third Saturday of the month a farmers market is held in the market place and from Monday to Saturday Indoor markets take place selling a wide variety of goods. If you have a strong interest in arts and crafts then take a trip to Richmond's craft fairs on Sundays in the market hall, running from Easter through to Autumn.
Richmond's beautiful market place has a variety of independent retailers that offer a wide array of goods such as local newsagents, charity shops, grocers and antique shops. Perfect for both locals and visitors. The town also has a selection of gallery's exhibiting sculptures, paintings, ceramics and other artwork by local artists in Yorkshire and the North East.
The Station in Richmond is a stylish café bar and restaurant; a modern, two-screen cinema; a spacious art gallery over two floors; and an interactive heritage centre. It is home to six artisan food producers, open to the public, that allow visitors to buy a medley of Yorkshire delights from a bakery, cheese-maker, micro brewery, award winning ice-cream parlour, fudge house and honey-maker. Come and see the fascinating brewing process of some of the region's finest ales, or enjoy the wonderful smell of baking bread.
The stunning theatre was built 1788, closed 1848, reopened 1963, then restored and extended in 2003.
With its breathtaking views of the Yorkshire dales, Richmond Castle is one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire.
Richmond and the surrounding area provides an array of fantastic walking experiences for hikers.
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