The Station Café Bar Richmond

The Station Café Bar Richmond is in the heart of this historic, restored and redeveloped building created by the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust. The Café Bar is a vibrant hub where visitors can enjoy locally sourced ingredients, prepared on the premises and served by a friendly local team.

From breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, and early evening meals the Station Café Bar is perfect when visiting the Station for book browsing, viewing the regular art exhibitions, artisan shopping or taking in a film at the cinema. Meet your friends, enjoy the buzz and the fabulous food and drink.

There’s something for everyone in a community that remembers the original All Creatures Great and Small which was filmed in and around the area.

Image Credits: Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust, Stuart Boulton.

The Station Café Bar, Station Yard, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4LD

Tel: 01748 825967



Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond

The most complete Georgian playhouse in Britain, the Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond is one of Herriot Country’s cultural gems. Founded and built by actor-manager Samuel Butler in 1788, it is Grade I Listed ‘as a building of special architectural or historical interest’.

Once accommodating up to 400, today the Theatre seats just over 200 people where no seat is more than 10.7 metres from the stage. It is set in a distinctive courtyard style on three different levels.

The Theatre itself has a fascinating history. It was in regular use until around 1830 when performances became less frequent and its popularity dwindled. It finally closed its doors in 1848 and for almost a century the building was used for a variety of other purposes including a wine store and an auction house. In 1939, pupils at Richmond School led by their history master Edwin Bush investigated the building and its history, and the Theatre briefly opened for a small number of performances in 1944/1945 before falling silent again. In the 1950s, a successful fundraising appeal enabled restoration work to begin and the Theatre finally re-opened in 1963.

A second extensive restoration took place in 2002/2003, which included the addition of a new extension and in 2016 there followed the renovation of the exhibition area and studio, and the creation of the Paul Iles Learning Centre on Friars Wynd.

The Georgian Theatre Royal plays an important role as a focus for economic regeneration and renewal in its rural communities. It offers a full programme of live events with everything from opera and ballet to stand up comedy and children’s shows, as well as its legendary annual pantomime.

During the day, visitors can take a back-stage guided tour as part of The Georgian Theatre Experience, one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. Lasting just under an hour, this reveals what life was really like in Georgian times and you can explore the hidden parts of this amazing building, as well as stand on the historic stage itself. The museum contains many interesting exhibits including the fully restored Woodland Scene – believed to be Britain’s oldest surviving stage set.

Tours run from Monday to Saturday on the hour from 10am to 4pm. Visitors do not need to book but please check these times before travelling as changes can occur. Tel: 01748 825252. Tickets are valid for unlimited return visits for 12 months.

James Herriot loved a night out to the theatre and the Georgian Theatre Royal would have been one of his favourites. An interesting link is the nearby Richmond Museum which has sets from the original All Creatures Great and Small series.


The Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW

Box Office: 01748 825252
Theatre Office: 01748 823710

Kiplin Hall & Gardens

Kiplin Hall and Gardens has a rich history with an international connection as it was built from 1619 for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of Maryland, USA. Many visitors from the USA each year enjoy the connection and make their pilgrimage as do many visitors to Herriot Country who have read James Herriot’s books and seen the films and TV series All Creatures Great and Small.  

It is a unique Jacobean house that is filled with the furniture, portraits, paintings, and the personal belongings of the four families who have owned the Hall the past 400 years.

Expert guides will share the history as you tour the rooms of the house which take you through the treasures and artefacts that have been collected, preserved and cared for over the centuries. You‘ll learn about the families that lived here starting with the Calverts until 1722, then the Crowes until 1868, the Carpenters until 1904 and ending with the Talbots until 1971 the last family member, Bridget Talbot, gave the Hall and estate to a charity to preserve Kiplin for the Nation.

Kiplin Hall gardens provide you with a delightful experience of colour, flora and fauna, lily pond, lake and woodland. Many attractive walks that will surprise you as you discover the many different aspects of the immaculate attention that the Kiplin Hall grounds people keep in tip top condition. The walled garden supplies ingredients for the Kiplin Hall Tearoom.   

Dogs are welcome at Kiplin and should be kept on leads in the gardens, only assistance dogs are allowed into the Hall.

The tearoom is a popular focus for visitors especially after a grand tour of the house and walks around the gardens. You’ll be surrounded by the dark oak Jacobean-style panelling and ornate Victorian plaster ceiling of this unique room and you will dine in style in the company of Charles II and previous family members of Kiplin Hall. On sunny days Kiplin’s Tea Tent is open for picnic food to be enjoyed in the grounds. Your taste buds will flutter with joy when you try of the Flavours of Herriot Country with ingredients from Kiplin Hall’s gardens and other local suppliers and especially the homemade ice-cream created using soft fruit grown a stone’s throw away, and its own blend of coffee created by Rounton Coffee. Many dietary requirements are catered for.

Kiplin Hall’s extensive gardens are a natural play area for visitors of all ages including a newly-installed zip-wire, outdoor games, trails and a dedicated Educational Family Activity Room in the Hall.

Kiplin Hall is one of Herriot Country’s premier partners, Yorkshire’s Great Houses Castle and Gardens.

Kiplin Hall, Near Scorton, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6AT

T: 01748 818178




Midway between Northallerton & Richmond off the B6271, about 5 miles east of the A1.
Bus Route - Number 55, Richmond - Northallerton Service
Please check timetable for times
Coast-to-Coast Richmond to Danby Wiske Section

Kiplin Hall & Gardens is located on the B6271 halfway between Richmond and Northallerton. Kiplin is open to visitors 6 days a week (closed on Thursdays). Kiplin is open seasonally, normally from February to November. The house and garden opening times can vary so please do check the website for up to date details.

Timothy Barber’s Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours

Timothy Barber’s Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours puts ‘Gods own country’ into your itinerary with a real Blue Badge guide’s insight into the county. His Herriot Country tour will take you to the real places that James Herriot made famous with his multi-million-selling books about life as a vet in rural North Yorkshire.

You’ll enjoy the in-depth knowledge that the tours provide and the opportunity for memorable visits to some of the most attractive parts of the country. Meet real local people who will offer the renowned Yorkshire welcome and friendliness known world-wide.

The tours include locations that appeared in the long-running BBC TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ including the watersplash scene from the opening credits of the TV series. You’ll see the Wensley Church where James’s wedding was filmed before stopping at Askrigg where the Kings Arms Pub featured as Darrowby’s Drovers Arms in the TV series and Skeldale House played Herriot's practice.

There also visits to attractions in Herriot Country including the Wensleydale Creamery and its award-winning cheese plus the stunning views on route in Swaledale and Wensleydale which are second to none. The Yorkshire Dales is home to so many high-quality food and drink producers, tea rooms, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, you are sure to enjoy the Flavours of Herriot Country on your tour. The World of James Herriot is available as part of your Herriot Country tour.

Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours also offer tours to many Yorkshire destinations including Bempton birds and wildlife, the Bronte Experience, Calendar Girls, Captain Cook Country, Hull, Leeds, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Coast, Historic York and has special Sign Tours for the hard of hearing.

Tim and his team bring these delights with bespoke private driver guided tours for one to four guests in a luxury 4x4 vehicle plus other tours including walking tours for larger groups, experiences and exciting family adventures.


Please give us a call on 01943 590009/ 07970 105562 to let us know when you plan to be in the region and which trips you may be interested in. If there is no-one in please leave a message with your telephone number and we’ll ring you back within 48 hours. You’ll understand if we are guiding it would be unfair to take calls. Alternatively, email us at detailing your requirements, and again we’ll email you back or call you within 48 hours.

The Shallery

The Shallery can be found in in Richmond, one of Herriot Country’s gorgeous Georgian market towns. The main shop is in the Market Place and there are also two permanent stalls in the town’s historic Victorian indoor market that is also in the cobbled square in the shadow of its famous Norman Castle keep.

Collector’s items, special gifts, art, jewellery and curiosities, are the speciality of The Shallery, which seeks to provide high quality items that will catch the eye of people from all age groups. Gifts for your best friends and relatives, art for the home, clocks or a piece of jewellery for a special occasion can all be found in the three locations.

The choice is stunning and changes regularly so there’s always something different and special each time you make your visit, so, if there’s something you spot the first time, snap it up there and then as it may be gone next time…   

The range includes, art, bath and body gifts, biking gifts, candles, children’s gifts, chocolate, clocks, desk accessories, festive décor, jewellery, models and busts, magic gifts, oriental gifts, quirky gifts, sterling silver, watches and wedding gifts to name just a few.

See especially the range of Alice in Wonderland gifts which pay homage to Lewis Carroll (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898) who at the age of twelve was sent to Richmond Grammar School in Richmond.

Logon to our website too as you can check the range from the comfort of your own home and place your order online for delivery or reserve it for collection.

The Shallery, 34, Market Place, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4QG and The Victorian Indoor Market, Market Place, Richmond.

Tel: 07572 433323 | Email