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.