Historic Sites in North Yorkshire

Take a walk back in time...

Perched on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the market town of Richmond dates back to at least 1071 when the iconic Richmond Castle was constructed by Breton Alan Rufus, as allowed by William The Conquerer.

There are a huge variety of fascinating, cultural and historic sites to visit just within Richmond alone - even just walking amongst the narrow, cobbled streets allows visitors to image a different age, and the myriad of life that has existed in this spectacular region.

Richmond Castle (Built in 1071)
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Often noted one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire, the iconic turrets and towers of Richmond Castle are a must for all visitors to our luxury lodges in the Yorkshire Dales. One of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain, this high-walled castle was originally built to keep watch over the troublesome North.

There are a multitude of interactive exhibitions for visitors of all ages to enjoy, with a well-thought out events line-up that really brings history alive. Pack up a picnic and take rest amongst the gorgeous grounds, sharing the same space with nobility and artists of old.

Easby Abbey (Founded in 1152)
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Located an inspiring 35-minute walk from Richmond Castle, the impressive ruins at Easby Abbey were once home to premonstratensian 'white canons' and are one of the best-preserved examples of this kind of structure. The incredible refectory and dormitories are also graced by original 13th century wall paintings, and sit alongside the parish church which is used to this day.

Friary Gardens
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Centred around the 15th century, Franciscan bell-tower, these beautiful memorial gardens are situated right in the centre of town. Enter past the Georgian Theatre Royal and through the medieval gateway, before wandering amongst the flower beds, smelling the roses and walking the same footsteps of generations of those before you.


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