Compact, olde worlde and pretty.
quiet in winter
An unexpected suprise. Easy parking with no height barriers.....
The Green Howards are an infantry regiment based in Richmond, Yorkshire.The regiment were founded 1690 and first saw active service in Ireland fighting in the Battle of the Boyne.In 1744 during the wars of the Austrian succession (1740-1748). The official name of the regiment in 1782 was the 19th (first Yorkshire North Riding Regiment) of foot. The...more
Richmond station closed in 1969 - possibly because the station was some distance fron the town centre. It has now been renovated and is a multitude of things - a cinema, resaurant, exhibition centre and is also used for antique fairs and classes for local people on craft making or other hobby activities.more
The castle is visible from miles around and dominates the Richmond skyline - the views from its tower are fantastic.The castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England it is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain. It was originally called Riche Mount, 'the strong hill'. The castle was constructed from 1071 onwards as...more
The River Swale is reputed to be the fastest river in England, and the name Swale is derived from Old English meaning "swilling" or "fast flowing". As it flows through Richmond it flows over numerous rocks as small waterfalls known as the Richmond falls. This is a fantastic sight to see and there is a car park here with a catering stall and...more
We did not see the museum due to time restrictions but this is the museum of the Green Howards Regiment - an English army regiment that used Richmond as the heart of its recruiting area. The regiment was first raised in November 1688 by Colonel Francis Luttrell at Dunster Castle in Somerset, for service under William, Prince of Orange. The regiment...more
This tower was built in 1746 by John Yorke, MP for Richmond, and named to mark the final establishment of Hanoverian rule after the defeat of the Jacobites in the same year. It stands in the park of his long-demolished house, at the edge of a steep slope above the River Swale, on the site of an old pele tower. It was probably designed by Daniel...more
Richmond's castle is the main attraction to visit in Richmond and is a must do.Centrally located in the town, it was built by the Normans on the Riche-Mont (strong hill,) hence the name Richmond. Work began on the castle in 1071, by Allan Rufus, kinsman of William the Conqueror. It's the oldest stone built Norman castle in the country and it's well...more
From Richmond castle there are steps down to a tiered garden, which reaches down to the banks of the River Swale. This is a newly laid out modern garden, known as the Cockpit Garden. It was designed by landscape architect Neil Swanson. I'm afraid I wasn't overimpressed, not my sort of garden as it was rather formal. I suppose it was the middle of...more
If you take the road out of Richmond sign posted Leyburn and follow it for around 10 miles you'll come to the ruined Cistercian Jervaulx Abbey. I would recommend this trip becaiuse the drive from Richmond to the abbey takes you through some of the most beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery.The abbey itself is on private grounds but is open all year...more
Starting from the Market Place, you can walk along Frenchgate which is also the first picture in my intro. The street is sadly littered with cars but you can still see a fantastic street, especially if you get up the main road to Darlington and look back downhill. It is thought that the street gets its name from the Frenchmen working with and for...more
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is formed around several dales (or valleys to the rest of you but up here they speak more Scandinavian). Swaledale is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous of the many dales. Richmond is just outside the National Park boundaries and so it is very easy to visit this dale full of buttercups in bloom in May which is...more
The Green Howard Regiment is a part of the Yorkshire Regiment today and very famous. It has its own museum in Richmond's old church where you can learn about the history and life in the regiment. It is actually more interesting than it sounds, partly because of Catterick that I mention in my local tip below, but also as the Green Howards have been...more
Richmond's little old Georgian theatre is a gem amongst theatres in Europe. Built in 1788, it is the only one of its kind and age in Yorkshire even though the first manager and actor Samuel Butler ran similar theatres all over Yorkshire's small towns. Sadly it was closed in 1848 but its significance was realised later and it reopened in 1963 again...more
Below the Market Place is a road down to the river Swale and you can also go via the main road below the castle if you come by car. Like many Dales falls, these falls are low but broad, and geologically fascinating in the way the riverbase stone is split in big slabs. It is a lovely place to just rest by the water or have a picnic and you can...more
A great little country museum which shows you the history of Richmond and Swaledale with information on geology and lead mining in the dales, local architecture and handicraft, train transport and so much more. The museum is run by voluntary staff and they will gladly answer all your questions. The main crowd-puller is the complete TV set from the...more
If you are on a tour of English castles, this one is not to be missed as it is possibly the oldest still standing castle in England. It's not Warwick or Bamburgh by any means, but because it has never been involved in a serious siege it is extremely well preserved for being as old as it is - it was built in 1071 by Alan the Red of Brittany who was...more
Within the Station is Seasons - however as the seating for the restaurant / cafe dominates the ground floor of the building its difficult to see where Seasons actually starts and finishes! However this is a super eatery - my only complaint was that on a busy Sunday lunchtime diners had to use the smaller tables which were not really big enough to...more
Leaving Scotch Corner on the A66 you encounter a sign that states that so many hundred people have been killed on this highway in the last year. YIKES!! What am I doing on this road?But within four miles of Scotch Corner you come to Mainsgill Farm Store. Take a left off the highway, drive in past the barn and park and enter this nice little...more
I still maintain that my town of Bridgnorth has the best curry house in England but the Amontola Tandoori would run it a close second.Really tasty and different dishes on the menu I was really impressed by the choice and the quality of the food.The restuarant is above a row of shops and is tastefully decorated with a balcony area for those sunny...more
As always, we had come prepared, with plenty of food in the van. The idea was, look at the castle, lunch in the van and so on to Great Ayton to visit relatives. When we looked at the pub menus, out of interest, as we walked past on our way to the castle, we liked what we saw. All seemed to have a good choice of food and fairly reasonable prices.We...more
I recommend this not because I have eaten here but because David, the owner, took pity on us during a heavy downpour when we asked if he served tea as all other tea rooms were closed for the day. He prepared tea and hot chocolate and we had it in his very nice lounge with a roaring fire and leather armchairs. This is also a hotel (see webpage) and...more
There are lots of pubs in Richmond, but not all of them specialise in food. My personal opion for good places to eat in Richmond are:Holly Hill Inn, Richmond - good restaurant menuAmontola, Richmond - good curryTaste of Thailand, Richmond - good thai dishesFrenchgate Cafe, Richmond - good restaurant menuLots of the villages near Richmond serve...more
There are no trains to Richmond any longer but there is a regular 15 minute frequency bus service (30 minutes on Sundays) from Darlington - the buses stop outside the railway station and the connection is therefore very good. The journey takes just 30 minutes by these express buses - once in Richmond they stop in the main square. The service...more
It has to be said that public transport around the Yorkshire Dales leaves something to wish and you are much better off with a car, both for getting here and going around. If you don't have a car, take the train to Northallerton (London to Edinburgh line) and change for irregular buses. Alternatively, try a way of getting to Wensleydale and take a...more
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Outside Richmond is the village of Catterick with Roman origins which has now grown to the size of a town on its own as it is Britain's largest army base. Driving through here is fascinating as the different districts have names like Somme Terrace and Montgomery Road and there are just endless rows of army vehicles everywhere. Not that you see any trace of this in Richmond itself as Catterick has its own shops and pubs (and racecourse should you be interested in that) but you will see signs all over the immediate countryside with "tank drivers in training" and such so take extra care if driving across moorland with signs like that. My husband once met a tank and they are huge when on a Yorkshire country lane.
Its proper name is St Agatha's Abbey and you will find it just outside Richmond itself, towards the north-east. We were recommended to visit it by the locals but sadly never had time as we were also a bit unlucky weatherwise (we wanted to do a well-known scenic walk there from Richmond). The order here were pre-monstratensians as they were from the Abbey of Premontre in the diocese of Laon which is better known as White Canons due to the colour of their habit. The abbey was built in 1152 and had a troublesome history beeing up north where they constantly needed army assistance due to fear of attacking Scots and the army did as much harm when protecting the Abbey as the Scots would have done if we are to believe English Heritage. As most other abbeys it fell into a state of disrepair after the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII.
Favorite thing: When you have wandered around the town a little and visited the castle it is time to go for a walk along the river. You can see the riverside path from the castle and there are signs to the "Castle Walk" from the Market Place. You will be rewarded with great town- and river views, not to mention the castle, and can if you like continue all the way to the waterfalls.