Richmond remains one of the prettiest market towns in the country. It was the very first Richmond in the world (there are over 50 places called Richmond, today) and the town was founded by the Normans in 1071. The town is based around a Norman Fortress on the banks of the River Swale. Having fallen into ruin in the 14th century, the Victorians restored the castle and today the castle offers a must see for townspeople and tourists alike.
It was in the Georgian period when the town saw its most significant changes. Large scale construction was carried out and the market place was brilliantly designed as a courtyard – which is now surrounded by pubs, restaurants, and shops. The shops within the town supply a brilliant range of outdoor and walking equipment, perfect for those exploring the local Dales.
For the cultured amongst us, Richmond is also home to one of the oldest working theatres in the UK.