What to Do in Richmond, Yorkshire

6 of the Best Things to Do in Richmond...

Richmond, in North Yorkshire, is known for being a charming historic market town, but despite being founded by the Normans as far back as the 11th century, its history isn’t the only thing this beautiful part of the country has to offer.

If you’re visiting the area for a short break, or even a longer holiday, our luxury lodges in Yorkshire are the perfect retreat, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in Richmond’s nature, and they are only a 5 minute drive from the town’s centre.

As well as exploring the town during your stay, we’ve put together 6 of our top recommended things to do, in and around Richmond, all of which are appropriate for all age groups.

1. Barnard Castle

While there is of course the Richmond Castle, this is much smaller than the Barnard so you can easily stop by it when you’re exploring Richmond’s bars, restaurants and tourist attractions.

Barnard Castle however is much larger and with it being just a 30-minute drive away, it’s worth a visit. What we love most about the castle is it’s setting, with it being surrounded by water and a wealth of greenery.

2. Aysgarth Falls

Pictured in the gallery below, the Aysgarth Falls can be found on the River Ure, just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Richmond.

There is a triple flight of waterfalls surrounded by woodland, making it an incredibly tranquil place which is great for exploring.  

3. Forbidden Corner

Another 30-minute drive from Richmond is a place like no other, dubbed by themselves as ‘The Strangest Place in the World’. This unique park won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2018 and once you’re there it’s easy to see why.

For the young, and young at heart, this place is an absolute must - we would even go as far as saying it’s an experience that you’ll never forget.

4. Big Sheep, Little Cow

This farm is such a family friendly day out that we've previously written a post about it. It's around a 25 minute drive from Richmond - you can find out more about Big Sheep, Little Cow here.

5. Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve

Covering over 100 acres of Moorland, the Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve not only looks spectacular but does a massive amount for conservation in the area too.

Based in Richmond, you can easily go and look around and find out more about what they do (and see plenty of wildlife at the same time!)

6. Mainsgill Farm

The Mainsgill Farm is a great day out for the whole family, with plenty of animals you can meet, including llamas and ostriches.

They also have a tea-house that serves great food, including their notorious traditional Yorkshire breakfast and a range of home baked treats.

For more great ideas, including places to eat in Yorkshire, you can read our full guide here