Trains to Richmond Castle
The nearest rail station to Richmond Castle is Darlington, 12 miles away. If you're travelling from London, take a train from King's Cross St Pancras towards Edinburgh, alighting at Darlington. Darlington is also served by trains from Reading, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street. From the station, take the 26A bus towards Colburn, alighting at Richmond Market Place. From here it's a two-minute walk to the Richmond Castle. A taxi from Darlington will take about 30 minutes.
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About Richmond Castle
Richmond Castle commands the heights above the River Swale, close to the centre of Richmond, North Yorkshire. A fortification was built here soon after the Norman Conquest, as William the Conqueror sought to bring the North under his control by granting lands to his most faithful followers. The 'Honour of Richmond' grew to become one of the most extensive Norman estates in England, covering parts of eight counties. In the late 12th century the Castle was strengthened with towers and a barbican, and a 100-foot-high keep was added, which still stands proudly to this day.
By the late 14th century Richmond Castle had fallen out of use, and by 1538 it lay partly in ruins. In the mid 19th century it was used as a barracks by the North Yorkshire Militia, and from 1908-10 it was the home of Robert Baden-Powell, later to found the Boy Scouts, while he commanded the Northern Territorial Army.
Richmond Castle stands today as one of the finest surviving Norman fortresses in Britain. Climb the keep to enjoy magnificent views of the Yorkshire Dales, stroll in the peaceful Cockpit Garden, and view the exhibition devoted to conscientious objectors in the First World War, who served here in the Non-Combatant Corps.
Monday to Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00
Winter opening times vary.
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