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Richmond

Richmond - the gateway to the Dales

Richmond is a vibrant, leafy, market town founded by the Normans in 1071 with a cobbled market place that surrounds an impressive castle keep and an elegant Georgian district. The River Swale, England’s fastest running river flows through Richmond with ancient Easby Abbey an enjoyable walk along the banks of the river nearby where you can find its substantial remains of the Premonstratensian house known for its lavish roof-height refectory and other monsatic buildings.

Richmond Castle has dominated the town for nine centuries and is amongst the oldest Norman fortresses in Britain. Its fine construction is sited on a rocky promontory above the River Swale and the towering keep over 30 metres high provides magnificent views over the clustered houses of Richmond.

Richmond offers a welcome blend of history and beautiful scenery and is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’. A stroll around the town offers Norman, medieval and Georgian architecture, picturesque ruins and fascinating stories form the history of Richmond including the region’s Green Howards regiment, the rowdiness of the 18th Century theatre or discover Richmond after dark on a ghost walk in the castle keep.

A short distance away take a challenging hike through the wooded valleys of the River Swale and the hills of the Yorkshire Dales.

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Kirkgate House

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Long Acre

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Laburnum House

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Meadowcroft

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The Foresters Arms

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