A vibrant Georgian market town which lies on the edge of the North Yorkshire Dales, founded in 1071.

At A Glance

Richmond is a small market town in North Yorkshire, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its the most duplicated UK placename, with 57 occurrences worldwide.

Richmond was named UK town of the year in 2009 and has been described as “without any doubt Richmond is the most romantic place in the whole of the North East of England”.

UK’s Oldest
Working Theatre


Richmond’s markets have been vital to its economy since the 11th century.

Daily Market Hall

Open seven days a week, Market Hall — an old stone building dated 1854 — hosts a daily indoor market with a varied selection of goods; stocking mainly arts, crafts and gift products.

Saturday Market

This market is held every Saturday around the Obelisk at the top of the market place. This market tends to stock food goods such as fruit, vegetables, fresh meats and fish, etc.

Farmers Market

This market is held on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Normal Castle

Richmond Castle is one of the oldest Norman stone fortresses in Britain. It was constructed from 1071 onwards following the Norman Conquest of England.

A 100-foot high keep build of sandstone was constructed at the end of the 12th century by Duke Conan IV of Brittany and probably completed by Henry II. Today, visitors can climb to the top to see its magnificent views across Richmond and surrounding landscapes.

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Richmond Georgian Theatre

The theatre is a Grade 1 listed building built in 1788, closed in 1848 and reopened in 1963.

The theatre was one of many built by Samuel Butler, the others located in Beverley, Harrogate, Kendal, Northallerton, Ripon, Ulverston and Whitby. It ran until 1830 and was let out as an auction house in 1848.

In 1963 it was reopened and has had major restoration works over the past half a century. Today, the theatre is fully restored, seats 214 people and houses a 180-member youth theatre.

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