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Discover the Best Things to do in Richmond, North Yorkshire

Situated on the Eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the pretty market town of Richmond is packed full of kid friendly activities! Here are 5 incredible things to do in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Richmond is literally oozing history from every angle, from cobbled streets to characterful properties. The town is dominated by the absolutely mahoosive Richmond Castle, and overlooks some spectacular waterfalls located on the River Swale. If you fancy paying a visit, here are our favourite things to do in and around it! 

Richmond Castle

Girl at Richmond Castle

You cannot miss this jaw dropping ruin. What remains of the 11th Century fortress dominates virtually every aspect of the town centre and is well worth a trip to go and explore it properly. Owned by English Heritage, the Keep towers over 100 feet above the town centre, and the view from the top is understandably INSANE!

The castle ruins are extensive, with masses to explore and plenty to get those imaginations whirring!

Admission is £7.60/ Adult, £4.60/ Child (5-17), with concessions and family discounts available.

Check out the English Heritage website, as there are regularly special events held during the Summer. During the winter, opening hours are reduced to weekends only. 

Richmond Fosse in Richmond, North Yorkshire

girl looking at Richmond Fosse in North Yorkshire

Head down to the River Swale from Richmond Castle, and you’ll find some pretty impressive waterfalls! These waterfalls are located right next to parkland and present a perfect opportunity for a wander and a picnic!

They are also popular during the Summer months as a place for a paddle, and what’s even better? There’s a play area right next door! If you’re lucky, you might even be able to grab an ice cream! Could it get any better than that?! 

Easby Abbey

Girl in front of ruins at Easby Abbey near Richmond, North Yorkshire

Located just down the road from the town Centre is another English Heritage owned site, Easby Abbey, the ruins of which date back to the 12th Century. Abandoned in the 16th Century after the dissolution of the monasteries, the remains of the extensive abbey are impressive, and let’s face it, whilst the kids may yawn at the thought of the history behind them, there are plenty of places to explore. And it’s an epic place for a game of hide and seek! Even better, this is a free English Heritage site, so there is no admission charge! 

You are able to either park at Easby Abbey, but the car park is limited, or you can walk from the centre of Richmond to Easby Abbey. The details of the circular walk are here The Reluctant Explorers: Yorkshire Walking With Kids — The Drummer Boy Stone and Easby Abbey and it also takes you past the legendary Drummer Boy Stone too! 

The Station Cinema 

Located in the beautifully restored Station building (and coincidentally near the start of the walk we just mentioned…)  this three screen independent cinema shows blockbuster, foreign and family films!

Check out the website for current showings, but don’t stop there, as the Station building is also home to a café, gallery, ice cream shop and more! 

Forbidden Corner

Girl and boy at Forbidden Corner one of the best things to do in Richmond, North Yorkshire

Re-opening in April 2022 after it’s annual winter rest, The Forbidden Corner is a place that has to be seen to be believed. Located a short drive outside of Richmond in Bedale, the attraction is a crazy place to spend a day and so of course, the kids LOVE IT!

What can only be described as a series of labyrinths and follies with surprises around literally EVERY corner, you will experience the bizarre world of the Forbidden Corner, and it will not leave you disappointed!

You will also find a café on site, or if you fancy something a little more…. well…… FANCY, then the Saddle Rooms next door serve a scrummy range of food, in a family friendly environment. There is also an adventure play area at the end.

Admission: Adults £13.50, Children aged 4-15 £11.50 (under 4’s are free). Family discount is available. 

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  • Samantha runs The Reluctant Explorers which bring you Yorkshire walks, outdoor fun and nature inspired crafts. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram @thereluctantexplorers and for more Yorkshire Walks head to

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