Richmond Castle is one of the finest remaining Norman Castles in England. The castle sits in the town centre high above the River Swale and offers some commanding views across Swaledale.
The area was part of lands given to supportors of William the Conqueror following the "Harrying of the North", the Castle was built as a stronghold and to defend against rebellions.
The Castle is managed and run by English Heritage, and for visitors there is an intercative display depicting the history of the Richmond Castle. The castle keep and main walls of the castle and largely in tact, it is possible to climb up thekeep for spectacular views. The cockpit gardens offer a private and contemplative area to relax during your visit.
Richmond Castle Opening Times & Prices
|English Heritage Members||Free|
1st April to 30th September: 10.00 to 18.00 Daily
1st October to 2nd November: 10.00 to 17.00 Daily
3rd November to 15th February 2015: 10:00 to 16:00 weekends only
Richmond Castle Facilities
- Gift Shop
- cool drinks, small snacks available in shop, hot drinks via vending machine.
access to the keep is via a spiral staircase which prohibits access for wheelchair users, pushchairs. Most footpaths and gravel and some are over lawns. Access to the castle is via cobblestones. Some of the paths are naturaly sloping which can be difficult for wheelchair users.
Tel (on site): 01748 822493
Website: English Heritage
Events at Richmond Castle
Medieval Courtly Combat
15th & 16th August
Watch the Knights as they test there skills in sword and shield combat at Richmond Castle. Charges apply.