editorial

Historic North Yorkshire

Our Yorkshire Dales retreat is a stone’s throw from the beautiful & atmospheric town of Richmond, and no visitor to this town can fail to notice – or want to explore – the magnificent castle that dominates the town.

Positioned as it is atop the ‘strong hill’ that gives the town its name, it stands cheek to jowl with the town on one side, and the river Swale on the other. And there can be no finer view of the Dales as from the heights of the 12th century keep.

But beyond Richmond there are a host of other historic sites to discover. Each are in delightful settings, and offer visitors – especially families – amazing days out.

Easby Abbey is the next closest, being just 5 minutes from Richmond, and like Richmond Castle is set in a gorgeous riverside location near the River Swale. Founded by the ‘White Canons’ in 1152, one can still get a sense of the grandeur of the Abbey - and the location is ideal for a summer picnic or a game of hide and seek.

A forty minute drive from Richmond is another magnificent historic site:Middleham Castle. Set in beautiful Wensleydale and with views to rival those of Richmond Castle, the castle was childhood home to Richard III. Again, a wonderful spot to wander around and soak up the atmosphere. Dozen of nooks and crannies also make it ideal for hide and seek.

These castles and abbeys are just a few of the many in the area. Mount Grace Priory is also about 40 minutes from Richmond, while Fountains Abbey though a little further afield, offers a wealth of things to do. Also on our to-do list would be Bolton, Skipton & Helmsley Castles.

In short, you could spend a whole holiday at Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales discovering North Yorkshire’s historic sites