Richmond’s impressive Norman castle dominates the skyline of the town, which was shaped by the prosperity of the Georgian era.
You’ll find a clutch of cultural attractions nearby. The Green Howards Museum, Richmondshire Museum and The Georgian Theatre Royal are all in and around the vast cobbled market place, whilst a short stroll down to the river, with its impressive waterfall, leads to the Victorian railway station; now a destination in its own right and home to food, film and art.
Follow the former railway track along the river to the impressive ruins of Easby Abbey, founded by the Order of Premonstratensian monks and suppressed in 1536 at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The ruins were a favourite subject for artists, including JMW Turner.
Next door is the Church of St. Agatha, which has rare 13th century wall paintings of Old and New Testament subjects. Not to be missed is a plaster replica of the carved stone Easby Cross. The original dates from the late 7th or early 8th century and is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Continue the circular walk back to The Station and pause at the Drummer Boy Stone. Listen carefully to hear the sound of distant drumming from the hapless Drummer Boy who, in the 18th century, had been lowered below ground to find a hidden tunnel that led from the castle keep. (Richmond was the base for the filming of the BBC TV Series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’.)