Whether you are new to the area or are considering a move we have put together a handy list of some of the many things to do in and around Richmond.
Richmond is a town full of character and historic beauty. Founded in 1071 by the Normans, the town was built around the castle that still dominates the skyline. To this day the Castle remains a tourist hotspot and is well worth a visit, least of all for it’s fantastic views across the Yorkshire Dales. The Castle offers visitors a chance to explore the Keep as well as visit the Conscientious Objectors Exhibit and explore the Castle’s garden known as the ‘cockpit’. A full list of opening times and prices can be found on the English Heritage website.
For those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors there really is no shortage of stunning walking routes in and around Richmond that take in some of the best of the local countryside. A route that is always popular is the ‘Drummer Boy Walk’. Starting in the Market Place this 3-mile walk takes you in a loop past St Mary’s Church, the Drummer Boy Stone and along the banks of the River Swale passing by Easby Abbey (that is well worth exploring) before finishing up back in the Market. On a hot day why not stop in at The Station and pick up a yummy ice cream made from milk produced by Jersey cows at Archer’s ice cream parlour. A full overview of the route can be found here.
The Station is another place that is well worth a visit, this stunning Victorian Railway building now houses an Art Gallery, Exhibition space and a 3D Cinema. Whilst you are there you can grab a bite to eat at Seasons Bar & Kitchen or take in a brewery tour at Richmond Brewing Company that boasts the best of local ales.
‘Culture Vultures’ will want to add the Georgian Theatre to their list of places to visit. Situated just off the Market Place, the Georgian Theatre is Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form. Nowadays the theatre is a thriving community playhouse and living theatre museum. Visitors can arrange theatre tours or take in some of the best drama, music, dance and comedy that Richmond has to offer.
For shopping, the place to head is the Market Place. With lots of fantastic shopping locations there is something for everyone. Those looking for eclectic and original pieces for your home won’t be disappointed by a visit to York House Emporium. With its wonky staircase and rooms crammed with beautiful homeware and jewellery as well as larger furniture pieces this is a true Richmond gem. Chocoholics amongst us won’t want to miss out on a visit to Mocha Chocolate shop, with counters brimming with chocolates and sweets that don’t only taste delicious but are stunning to look at, you won’t struggle to find something to tempt your taste buds. For dog lovers too, Mocha also stock a fantastic range of dog friendly treats including biscuits and adorable cupcakes! If you work up a thirst after all that retail therapy then why not visit Penleys for a coffee or a light lunch, with a menu that includes paninis and heavenly deserts at reasonable prices they are the perfect place to refuel.