Middleham Castle

Historic Site/Structure


The childhood and favourite home of Richard III, Middleham Castle was a fortress of the mighty Neville family, Earls of Westmoreland and of Warwick. Around the massive 12th-century central keep, they progressively constructed three ranges of luxurious chambers and lodgings, turning the Castle into a fortified palace by the mid-15th Century. Though roofless, many of these buildings survived making Middleham a fascinating Castle to explore. Here Richard spent part of his youth, in the guardianship of 'Warwick the Kingmaker'. An exhibition about notable personalities from the Castle's past includes a replica of the beautiful Middleham Jewel, a 15th-century pendant decorated with a large sapphire found near the Castle. Family friendly books and activities.

Average length of visit is 1 hour. The Castle is ideally situated for walking and cycling in the beautiful Wensleydale area of the Yorkshire Dales. Middleham Castle is suitable for picnics and dogs are welcome.


Type Price
Child £2.10
Concession £3.60
Adult £4.20

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