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10. Richmond Castle

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Richmond Castle

Breathtakingly sited on a rocky promontory above the River Swale, the great castle of Richmond is among the oldest Norman stone fortresses in Britain, begun in the decades after the Norman conquest.
 
The towering keep, over 30 metres (100 feet) high and remarkably complete within, was added during the reign of Henry II in the 1170s: its roof provides splendid views over the clustered houses of the pretty market town.
 
Traditionally King Arthur lies sleeping in a cavern beneath the castle: more certainly, conscientious objectors were imprisoned in the keep during World War I. Their story is told in an interactive display exploring Richmond’s nine centuries of development, and woven into the contemporary Cockpit Garden. Created to reflect the castle’s history and architecture, this tranquil haven of topiary, grasses and herbaceous borders has superb vistas over the river Swale.
 
Facilities include toilets, a cafe and picnic area and a shop selling family-friendly books and and plants.

Richmond Castle Address:
Richmond Castle 
North Yorkshire
DL10 4QW
England, UK

Richmond Castle Opening Times:
1st April - 30th September, 10.00am - 6.00pm, Monday to Sunday
1st October - 20th March, 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday and Thursday to Sunday
Closed 24th - 26th December and 1st January

Richmond Castle Admission:
Adult £4.00
Children £2.00
Concession £3.00
English Heritage Members Free

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