One of my favourite places to visit in North Yorkshire is the picturesque market town of Richmond. Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Richmond has a multitude of shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and beautiful Georgian architecture the whole family can enjoy.
Founded by the Normans in 1071, the town has a rich heritage and has grown up around the majestic Richmond Castle. The stunning building dominates all others around it and can be explored both inside and out. It is also home to an exhibition centre, which displays artefacts excavated from the castle grounds.
Richmond has many quaint and quirky gift shops. Arguably the most unusual, and my personal favourite, is York House Antiques (more commonly known as The Emporium). Set over four floors and crammed to the rafters with all sorts of weird and wonderful items, it’s easy to lose track of time once you step though the door. From tiaras to teapots, pottery to paintings, you’re sure to find some hidden gems as you explore this labyrinth of narrow halls and wonky stairs.
The Green Howards Museum, which houses a huge collection of war memorabilia, is another unique attraction in the centre of Richmond town and is definitely worth a visit. With more than 35,000 objects in their collection, the museum regularly changes the displays, meaning no two trips are ever the same.
Just a short stroll down from the cobbled market place, around the base of the Eleventh Century Norman castle, takes you to the River Swale, which has spectacular views across the valley. The river gently flows past tree-lined banks and is perfect setting for a picnic and a paddle. Or you can whip your camera out for a photo opportunity over the fast-flowing waterfall.
Richmond certainly has a lot to offer, and if a day doesn’t seem like enough time to experience it all there are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses to choose from for an overnight stay. Hotels such as The Talbot and The Kings Head are also located right in the centre of town, so you’re never too far from the action.