Richmond Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Attraction Currently Closed

Richmond Castle

  • Richmond
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Tourist Attractions, Castles and Palaces

Attraction Currently Closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, all pay-for-entry English Heritage sites will be closed to the public from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May. Some sites may re-open early. Free-to-enter sites will remain open to visitors. We'll keep this updated with news of opening/closure changes, but always recommend to check before you travel.

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Attraction Information

Richmond Castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England and is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain, great for visiting with the kids for either a history fix or an imaginative exercise, with all but one outbuilding being medievally erected.

Experience the interactive exhibition before taking a peaceful stroll round the secluded Cockpit Garden. It's a point of historical interest for older types that the specifically placed topiaries represent the 16 conscientious objectors who were imprisoned within the castle during the First World War!

Pretty but less morally significant wild flowers and perennials plus great formal landscaping and scented climbers like honeysuckle mean it's an awesome spot for some family photos so dress nicely and bring the camera!

A fun and exciting events programme will give you the perfect chance to enjoy live action events and make a day of it with a picnic. There are seven picnic benches as well as plenty of other benches around the site. Enjoy breathtaking views over the River Swale and picturesque market town of Richmond.

There's also places to get refreshments in the Market Place but there's also a hot drink vending machine plus cold drinks and various snacks available in the shop if you can't wait. There's an accessible unisex toilet in the visitor centre though, so you don't have to travel for that!

Before you set off, go to the website through our link and download the Step Inside Activity Pack too, to help keep little ones amused! It's worth noting that there's no parking here, the nearest is at the Market Place.

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Opening hours

25th March through 30 September 2016

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October through 31st October

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

1 November through 19 February

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


Adult: £5.30

Child (5 to 15 years): £3.10

Concession: £4.80

Families: from £13.70

Travel & Contact Information


Riverside Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4QW, England

Phone number

01748 822493



Click here to visit Richmond Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Richmond Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Richmond Castle has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Richmond Castle is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Richmond Castle has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Richmond Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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