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Lodge Yard, Askrigg

Yorkshire Dales, England

Richmond Castle, Yorkshire

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 02, 2016
Richmond Castle, Yorkshire

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English Heritage-owned Richmond Castle lies in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales amid some fantastic views over the countryside and the River Swale. Originally built by the Normans to try and subdue the reckless North, Richmond Castle dates from the 11th century and became the centre of the market town Richmond which has grown around it.

A large amount of the castle remains standing for you to explore, considered by the English Heritage as one of the finest and most complete Norman fortresses in Europe. There is access to the top of the well preserved, sandstone keep which provides some great views. You can learn about the the castle's history in a well presented exhibition area detailing events from the Norman period up until the First World War when it was used as a prison. There are a couple of rooms to browse, interactive displays and artefacts on show that have been excavated from around the castle site and grounds.

A nicely secluded garden is located outside of the castle walls. It was re-landscaped in 2000 and is accessed through a thick stone wall. The 'cockpit' as the garden is called provides a good area to sit and picnic, the different levels look good when viewed from above and the trees and paths ebb gently into the the outlying landscape. Pack up some food, go for a wander in the grounds and make a day of it.

Events take place throughout the year. If you've got youngsters in tow then you might want to visit during the Easter holidays when the castle has a children's adventure quest taking place. Between the 25th and 28th March little ones can solve challenges and seek out a chocolate reward!

For events, opening times and ticket prices, take a look on the English Heritage website.


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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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