Population: 8,413 Grid Reference: NZ170009 Co-ordinates: 54.403, -1.737 


Forget Richmond in Surrey, Virginia and other places, this is the mother of them all In fact Richmond is the most duplicated UK place name with 57 around the world. Richmond is the focal point for Richmondshire, which takes in Swaledale and Wensleydale. The visitor will be forgiven for thinking that he has arrived in another county when he is greeted by elaborate signs welcoming you to Richmondshire, indeed people have asked if it is a county within a county.
There are three museums in Richmond. The Green Howards Regimental Museum is located in the old Trinity Church in the centre of the market place and the Richmondshire Museum is nearby.
The Georgian Theatre Royal was founded by actor, Samuel Butler in 1788.
The cobbled market place is one of the largest in the UK and hosts markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is also a traditional market on Saturday. In addition there is a traditional market.
Richmond has been the location for filming in some episodes of the much-loved BBC TV series,
All Creatures Great and Small along with several other television programmes.

Georgian Market Town Richmond Tourist Information Centre

TELEPHONE: 01748 850252

The huge cobblestone market place.

Richmond is dominated by it's Norman castle (below) built in 1070 by a supporter of William the Conquerer. The 100 foot high keep which was added in the 12th century is now the least ruined part of the castle.
On my regular visits to Richmond, I discovered this interesting sign on the side of a house
(right) near the town centre on the road out to Leyburn. The 1927 solar eclipse was clouded out for most of the path over Britain, with the best view obtained in Giggleswick in the south of the Dales. The 1999 eclipse in Devon and Cornwall was also obscured by cloud. Whether or not the eclipse of 23 September 2090 will suffer the same fate remains to be seen however many of us will not be around to find out then!

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle