Richmond is a town of unique character and beauty which has changed little through the centuries. Founded by the Normans in 1071 the town grew up around the impressive castle built on the 'riche-mont' or 'strong-hill' that gave the town its name and whose massive keep dominates all other buildings around. The first of all Richmonds, the Town was an important regional centre in the medieval period, when royal charters were granted giving rights to hold markets and fairs. AS well as the castle it boasts the oldest working theatre in Britain, The Georgian Theatre, the Green Howards Museum, Richmondshire Museum and Easby Abbey. A favourite place to visit is The Station. It is a stunning riverside Victorian railway building; brought back to life as an art gallery , Café, artisan delicatessen, cinema and gift shop.
A flagged footpath from Muker is one of the best places to see upland hay meadows in the Yorkshire Dales. They are species-rich and summer visitors can experience the colours, sounds and scents of the meadows and a quintessential aspect of the Dales. The best time to visit a meadow is in June, as most of the wildflowers will be flowering by then. Swaledale Woollens in Muker sells hand knitted woollens carrying on the traditional cottage industry.
Keld is a small village in upper Swaledale. It has six waterfalls which can be discovered and enjoyed in a circular walk.</p> <p>
Marrick Priory is a historic 12th century medieval building that was developed in the 1970s into an Outdoor Education and Residential Centre. The Priory is licensed to provide a wide range of adventurous activities and can be booked on a day or residential basis. Activities include rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, caving, orienteering, hill walking, mountaineering, archery, zip wires, low and high ropes courses and team building exercises.
Leyburn is a market town and civil parish in the district of Richmondshire sitting above the northern bank of the River Ure in Wensleydale. Historically in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the name was derived from 'Ley' or 'Le', and 'burn', meaning clearing by the stream. It has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, unusual local shops and cafés, traditional pubs and a weekly market. Enjoy the views of the spectacular countryside by walking the Leyburn Shawl. ‘The Shawl’, is the name of a limestone scar of modest height that stretches almost two miles west of Leyburn. A popular event in Leyburn's Events and Festival calendar is the 1940’s weekend. The Market Place in the centre of town becomes an arena for all things 1940s - with music, singing, dancing, stalls and all manner of vehicles: including military vehicles, farm machinery, buses, vintage cars. This event is usually held on the third weekend in July.