Travelling around Richmond
Richmond lies on the banks of the River Swale at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, with a skyline punctuated by historical landmarks. It has been described as the jewel in the heart of North Yorkshire, and after a visit to the town, with its museums, monuments and beautiful Georgian architecture, you’ll soon see why.
Just a few miles from Scotch Corner on the A1, Richmond is easily accessible by road. Arriva buses operate in the area, with routes to nearby towns and villages, such as Colburn and Catterick, as well as regular services to and from Darlington.
No trip to Richmond would be complete without taking in some of its magnificent historical sites. There’s Richmond Castle – the towering Norman fortress in the heart of the town – a cobbled market place and a medieval folly. A little further afield, you’ll also find the ruins of a 12th century Abbey clinging to the eastern bank of the River Swale.
Richmond sits at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which means you’ll encounter some truly breath-taking scenery just a few miles from the town centre, with rolling hills, woodland trails and sweeping moorland. There’s plenty of fun for all the family, with many activities to take part in, ranging from cycling to orienteering.
After all that fresh air and fun, you’ll need to refuel, and if you fancy a little culture with your coffee, why not pay a visit to The Station, a magnificent Victorian railway building reimagined as an art gallery, exhibition space and café. For a splash of local colour, head over to the Lucy Pittaway Art Gallery, or catch a show at the Georgian Theatre Royal, one of the oldest of its kind in the country.
In the evening, this quiet market town comes to life, with fine dining, cocktails and live entertainment.