Founded by the Normans in 1071, Richmond is a vibrant market town. It’s the Original Richmond, with 56 other Richmonds around the world named after it. It’s making a name for itself as the Cultural Capital of the Yorkshire Dales. Visitors love the impressive castle keep, riverside setting and elegant Georgian architecture, particularly in Newbiggin and around the Market Place.
Richmond is said to have the largest cobbled market place in England – compared by Prince Charles to the grand piazza of Siena in Tuscany. Winding lanes, and sloping, hilly roads add to the beautiful skyline.
The fast-flowing River Swale meanders around the edge of the town offering lovely riverside walks from the former Station to the waterfall, the ruins of Easby Abbey or through Billy Banks Woods, which climb steeply above the river to Round Howe.
It’s no surprise that Richmond attracts so many artists – the views are stunning. The surrounding countryside delights walkers and cyclists alike.