Local Attractions

Richmond is an historic town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, with an attractive market place surrounded by Georgian architecture at its centre. Today, the town hosts a weekly market, alongside an abundance of shops, cafes, restaurants and a market hall; the imposing remains of the Norman castle around which Richmond grew up are also worth visiting. Other key attractions include the town's museums, Georgian Theatre, Easby Abbey and the Station, which incorporates a cinema, restaurant, artisan food producers and local arts & crafts into one venue.

You can find out more, including a full list of the special events taking place in the town and beyond at www.richmond.org

Within 10 minutes

Richmond Castle
Our nearest castle, situated in the heart of Richmond itself, and definitely worth a visit if you're staying with us. Richmond Castle is a great place for a picnic, and the views from the Norman keep are fantastic. There's also a lovely garden below the castle, which is a delightful sun-trap on a sunny day.

Easby Abbey
Easby Abbey stands just outside Richmond, on the banks of the River Swale. It's a sheltered, peaceful spot, and the ruins of the abbey are surprisingly extensive, particularly given that it's free to enter! The nearby St Agatha's church is also worth a visit, with its rare examples of Medieval wall painting.

Green Howards Museum, Richmond
The Green Howards Museum stands in the very centre of Richmond market place, and details of the history of the Green Howards regiment, as well as British military history in general. It's currently being redeveloped, and is scheduled to reopen to the public in late 2014.

Richmondshire Museum
Tucked away down one of Richmond's smaller streets is the Richmondshire Museum, an excellent place to learn about the history of the area. Many of the exhibits take the form of reconstructed shops, including a chemists and a grocers, and the museum even has one of the original Herriott sets from 'All Creatures Great and Small'.

The Station, Richmond
As the name suggests, this was once Richmond's train station, but now contains a fantastic array of shops, local crafts, gallery spaces, a restaurant and even a cinema. It's a great hub for a day out in Richmond, and also a good starting point for walks along the River Swale.

Within 45 minutes

Aysgarth Falls
Just below the pretty village of Aysgarth, the River Ure forms a series of stunning waterfalls. There are plenty of scenic walks in the area and there's a National Park Centre nearby. For film fans, the Falls are most famous for their appearance in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'!

Bolton Castle
A remarkably complete 14th-century castle, and worth a visit for the views of Wensleydale alone! With beautiful Medieval-style gardens and even a vineyard to wander through, Bolton Castle also has demonstrations of archery, falconry and wild boar feeding throughout the day.

Bowes Museum
Located just outside the town of Barnard Castle, the Bowes Museum houses a wonderful collection of fine and decorative arts. The museum is most famous for its Silver Swan, an 18th-century automaton which still works today. (The Swan is now only turned on once a day, at 2pm, but is certainly worth seeing.)

Druid's Temple
Just outside Masham, the Druid's Temple is an early 19th-century folly complete with man-made cave and stone table. Surrounded by woodland, it's the perfect place for a walk and there are views out across the moorland to Leighton Reservoir.

Forbidden Corner
It's difficult to explain quite what the Forbidden Corner is to those who haven't been! Described as 'the strangest place on earth', it's essentially a garden, but filled with underground caverns, odd statues, secret doors and revolving rooms. A perfect day out for families, but also great fun for adults looking for something a bit different! (Note: all tickets have to be booked in advance, online or over the phone, and are sold – in limited numbers - on a first-come, first-served basis, which means they can be quite hard to get hold of in school holidays.)

Fountains Abbey
A former Cistercian abbey with Georgian water garden in the grounds, Fountains Abbey has both atmospheric ruins and woodland walks to keep visitors entertained. The abbey's setting is wonderfully peaceful and a great place for a picnic (though as with all National Trust properties, the cafe is very good too!), whilst the ruins themselves are a photographer's dream.

Hackfall is an absolute hidden gem and one of our favourite places to walk. Although it now looks like natural woodland, it was once an 18th-century garden, and throughout the steep-sided, wooded valley, there are numerous follies, ruins and even a gravity-fed fountain. Be warned, though: the car park is tiny and fills up fast, particularly on weekends!

Jervaulx Abbey
Although far less imposing than some of the other abbeys in the area (such as Fountains), Jervaulx has a charm all its own. Being privately owned, its has a very different atmosphere than the larger abbeys, with many of the walls and ruined structures being allowed to partially grow over with flowers, which are particularly beautiful in late summer. It's also another abbey with an excellent cafe!

Middleham Castle
Once the home of Richard III, extensive ruins still remain at Middleham Castle, making it a fascinating place to explore. Middleham itself is also a hub of racehorse training, and horses can often be seen in the town, or out at the gallops on the moor above.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Just outside Bedale is the wonderful Thorp Perrow Arboretum, a perfect place for a walk amongst their fantastic collection of trees, particularly in autumn. Thorp Perrow is also home to a falconry centre with flying displays in the afternoons, and animals including meerkats and wallabies.