Richmond, North Yorkshire

Richmond, North Yorkshire is a town of unique character and beauty which has changed little through the centuries. With the variety of shopping and it's many pubs, hotels and restaurants, the proximity to the most stunning scenery anywhere to be seen, Richmond remains one of the most beautiful and rewarding places to visit in the Country.

Founded by the Normans in 1071 the town grew up around the castle built on the 'riche-mont' or 'strong-hill' that gave the town its name and whose massive keep dominates all other buildings around. The first of all Richmonds was an important regional centre in the medieval period, when royal charters were granted giving rights to hold markets and fairs.

The Georgian era was one of great prosperity for the town, when many fine buildings were constructed, and one of the first gas works in Europe was built. Many of the houses built at that time surround the cobbled market place, said to be one of the largest in England, with the Church of the Holy Trinity rising from its centre.

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Local Attractions & Points of Interest

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The Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises  created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park, near Middleham and the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid.

This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages. Enjoy a day out in Yorkshire at The Forbidden Corner.

Richmond Castle

With its breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire. The castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England it is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain. 

The Station

In 1969 the last train left Richmond, the tracks were torn up, and the town’s old railway station looked as if its days were numbered. The passenger terminus became a popular Farm and Garden Centre, which closed in 2001.

St Agatha's Abbey, Easby

Before the arrival of the Franciscans, the area around Richmond had seen several other religious foundations. The first was that of the Benedictines, a community of black monks (so called because of the colour of their habit) who built St. Martin's Priory on the south bank of the Swale. There is now little left of the ruins of this comparatively small religious house. On the opposite side of the river, about a mile downstream, are the more easily identifiable remains of Easby Abbey or the Abbey of St. Agatha.

Culloden Tower

Culloden Tower was built in 1746 by John Yorke, a Richmond MP and the architect is thought to have been Daniel Garrett. It was originally called the Cumberland Temple and was built to celebrate the victory of the Duke of Cumberland's army over Prince Charles Edward Stuart at Culloden Moor in April of that year.

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