The nearest rail station to Richmond Castle is Darlington, 12 miles away. If you're travelling from London, take a train from London St Pancras International 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 Richmond Castle.

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.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday 06:00 - 20:00
Friday 06:00 - 21:00
Saturday 06:30 - 19:45
Sunday 07:45 - 20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

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Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park Short stay
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains East Coast Virgin Trains East Coast
Car parking spaces382
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£458.00
Per Hour£2.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces152
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes<p>All racks are covered by Council CCTV and there are security patrols every two hours.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Generally available but advance booking recommended

Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 20:00
Saturday 06:00 - 20:00
Sunday 08:00 - 20:00


Platform 1

Assistance dogs and other well behaved dogs on leads will be permitted in all Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Lounges

Tickets Accepted

  • Fully inter-available First Class Season Ticket (i.e. tickets not specific to one train company)
  • Any First Class Anytime ticket valid for travel on the East Coast route
  • Any Virgin Trains East Coast First Class packages
  • Virgin Trains East Coast First Advance (routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Reader Offer (routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Flat Fare (routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast Rewards First Class Leisure Single(routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast Self Print First Class Upgrade voucher  (routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Inclusive Tour Tickets (Superbreak etc.)
  • Weekend First

Tickets Not Accepted

  • All First Class tickets valid only on other train operators, including Caledonian Sleepers


Toilets, TV, newspapers


Complimentary: water/ biscuits





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.

Departures and arrivals from Darlington

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Darlington station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Catterick Garrison BusLondon North Eastern Railway09:43On time
to NewcastleTransPennine Express09:504BOn time
to Bishop AucklandNorthern09:554BOn time
to SaltburnNorthern09:551On time
to NewcastleCrossCountry10:004BOn time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express09:494BLate
from Catterick Garrison BusLondon North Eastern Railway09:52Scheduled
from SaltburnNorthern09:534BOn time
from Bishop AucklandNorthern09:531On time
from Birmingham New StreetCrossCountry09:584BOn time

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