Discover the Delights of Richmond and its Fascinating History
Talented artists, foodie delights and a fascinating history make Richmond an exciting town to explore
It’s no wonder that foodies flock to Richmond; tearooms, cafés and delis line the town’s cobbled streets. We love Cross View Tearooms, who serve up delicious eggs Benedict at breakfast and a great afternoon tea, and Kelly Marie is a good place to stop for lunch. You’ll struggle to choose from Mocha’s almost endless chocolate selection in their award-winning shop. For tasty tapas, Number 29 is the place to be, or for classic favourites with a modern twist head to The Kings Head Hotel (you’ll love the chicken ballotine).
Every bedroom at The Fleece (which has been part of the town for more than 100 years) has been newly-renovated to bring you all the comforts of home, and many are pet-friendly. Garden Cottage is an award-winning (dog friendly) self-catering cottage and the perfect base for exploring this pretty part of North Yorkshire. A few miles away, at Middleton Lodge you’ll find characterful bedrooms, treatment rooms and a great restaurant with plenty of al fresco dining opportunities. Flowery Dell’s luxury pine lodges are set in a peaceful valley just a mile from Richmond, where pets are welcome and the hot tubs are inviting.
The Station is a gallery and exhibition space championing local art, and it’s also home to a cinema. In town, pay a visit to Lucy Pittaway’s gallery to explore her popular collection of original art, browse on-trend outfits at Trinity and don’t miss The Cheese Press where you can try a range of delicious British and European cheeses. York House is the place to pick up a curio or two, and the town’s market held in the cobbled square is well worth browsing, the stalls are crammed with locally-made produce. Just outside the town, find The Riding School in Aske to browse Kiss The Moon’s gorgeous cruelty-free, sleep-inducing aromatherapy products, and take a seat in Mocha’s new café, shop and chocolate-making studio next door for a real treat.
We promised you history. Pay a visit to The Green Howards Museum to learn more about the Green Howards infantry regiment of the British Army. Take a tour of the Georgian Theatre Royal, the UK’s oldest working theatre is its original form, and then explore Richmond Castle, one of Britain’s greatest Norman fortresses (where you can gaze over the Yorkshire Dales from the castle keep) before walking along the river to the nearby monastic ruins of Easby Abbey, which was founded in 1152.
Around the corner
The stunning Jacobean house and gardens of Kiplin Hall are worth a visit, and check out the exciting racing calendar at Catterick Racecourse, not to be missed if you’re looking for a fun-filled day out. Meanwhile, over in Melsonby, Bon Coeur Fine Wines is a leading independent wine merchant where you’ll find plenty of new tipples you’ll want to try. Just off the A66, Mainsgill Farm Shop & Tearoom is well worth dropping into to stock up on the best local produce before treating everyone to some homebaked cakes in the tearoom.