Richmond Castle is one of the most impressive Yorkshire ruins. Located in the centre of this beautiful market town the castle was easy to find and near ample cheap parking. The staff were polite and friendly and the castle grounds are well kept.
Today was around my 11th or 12th visit to Richmond Castle, the extent of the ruins combined with the amazingly complete (albeit partially restored) donjon tower (the keep) make this a memorable and magical day out.
The main elements are the remains of an early medieval stone hall and range, curtain walls, a garden and the donjon. The highlight is the ability to climb to the full height of the castle and see amazing views over the town and surrounding dales.
On site is a small museum focusing on life in the earlier days of the castle and the later incarceration of conscientious objectors in a Georgian prison within the castle.
There is a good gift shop with drinks, snacks, toys, books and other nice things to buy.
I would suggest combining this castle with a visit to Easby Abbey a ruined house of the white cannons a few miles away, or the Richmondshire Museum.
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