Known as the ‘The Gateway to The Dales’ and recognised as one of Britain’s most beautiful market towns, the streets are full of history. Explore the 11th Century castle and its 100-foot-high historical tower at Richmond Castle, which offers impressive views over Swaledale and is the oldest stone Norman castle in England, built by William the Conqueror’s cousin. Wander down the cobbled streets to see other fine historic buildings, a treasure trove for visitors looking for a mix of culture, restaurants, shopping and a weekly Saturday market.
After a stroll around the castle walls, walk along the riverside and take in Richmond Falls, afterward recharge and reward yourself with a treat from the award-winning bakery found in The Station, a stunning riverside Victorian railway building. When you visit, don’t forget your walking boots and ordnance survey maps as you’ll soon embrace the great outdoors. If you prefer more of an amble, wander from the Station along the banks of the River Swale up to another English Heritage site, Easby Abbey. The atmospheric ruins date from the 12th Century; incredibly striking these are definitely worth a visit.
Some more recommendations for Richmond
The Georgian Theatre Royal: Well worth a look, it is the oldest and most complete working theatre in England also housing a museum. Check out what’s on and book if you can. Tours around the theatre commence every hour until 4pm.
Culloden Tower: A popular landmark of Richmond built in 1746 to celebrate the victory of the Duke of Cumberland’s army over Prince Charles Edwards Stuart.
Millgate House Gardens: A unique garden overlooking the River Swale with the waterfalls in the background. “One of the most surprising & fascinating gardens in the North of England.”
Angus Morton Butchers: Traditional local butcher’s selling locally reared meats. All prepared on the premises. Ask for Ian.
Saturday Market: Held outside all year round in Richmond marketplace. A wide selection of goods is offered for sale, with a farmers market held within the town on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Try Carricks for the fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.
There are a surprising number of restaurants in Richmond, offering all sorts of cuisines for a night out away from your self-catering luxury holiday cottages or lodges. We can recommend French restaurant Rustique and Frenchgate Hotel for fine food and wines served in beautiful surroundings. For dog-friendly food spots, at The Turf Hotel, The King’s Head and The Castle Tavern doggies are welcome in the bar.
If you haven’t been tempted by any fabulous fish and chips whilst exploring our picturesque towns, villages and beautiful countryside, you will never be short of a good country pub offering locally brewed ales and prize-winning local pies for a refuel.
If you are looking for something a bit more special because you’re on holiday, Yorkshire now has more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere outside of London! Perfect for celebrating a special occasion. The Black Swan at Oldstead has recently been named the best restaurant in the world, with North Yorkshire quickly becoming a dining destination to really savour…
Masham is a must-visit timeless market town and not just because it boasts two of the best local ale breweries, but because of its lively community, dramatic abbey and annual sheep fair.
Leyburn offers something a little different for the family at The Forbidden Corner, which has been voted the best children’s attraction in Yorkshire. Often called a magical place, it is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a 4-acre garden which will challenge and delight children of all ages.
Hawes includes the most picturesque drive through the Dales, and clamber to the top of the series of waterfalls on the River Ure, both had starring roles in Robin Hood Price of Thieves. You’ll appreciate why Aysgarth has been voted one of the natural wonders of northern England. You can dip your feet in the water and explore the woods that line the riverbanks.
Holidays in Richmond, North Yorkshire
If you are looking for a five-star holiday home near Richmond, North Yorkshire, Holiday at Home have the perfect collection. All our of unique holiday homes are self-catering and include lakeside lodges, country cottages and riverside apartments to choose from. Many of these properties are even dog-friendly, so nobody needs to get left behind.
Parking in Richmond is mostly free, but you will need a disc that is available by asking in most shops in the town. Need more recommendations? Just give the team a call to find out more on 01748 850333.
The Penthouse is a high-end apartment with the most amazing river views in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Enjoy the large wraparound balcony and cosy living area in this one-bedroom luxury holiday home at Darcy Mews, by the River Swale and Richmond Falls. It is an ideal romantic holiday for couples.
Treat yourself to a luxury escape in this two-bedroom cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. Relax by the cosy log burning stove, or step through large bi-folding doors straight to the garden wooden hot tub. Set in the charming village of Hudswell, there is a multi award-winning pub a two-minute walk away.
Tucked away in the Richmondshire hills, this luxurious yet cosy one-bedroom cottage with a hot tub equals rural bliss for couples looking for somewhere special to stay. A mile from the local village, Wayside Cottage has inspiring interiors, original beams and exposed stone walls, and stunning countryside views.
Maison Cottage is a stylish and luxurious Grade-II listed cottage. This two-bedroom dog-friendly cottage enjoys an amazing outlook with elevated views of the River Swale, Richmond Castle and Swaledale. A perfect getaway for a family, friends or couples who want to take advantage of Richmond’s amenities on your doorstep.
Lola is a South facing lodge, overlooking the West lake, seeing most hours of sunlight during the day, perfect for a group of friends and family to enjoy the outdoor space and tranquil surroundings at Brompton Lakes.