Middleham Castle, Wensleydale
Middleham Castle is a fascinating castle in the heart Wensleydale in the pretty village of Middleham. It was once home to Richard III when he was a child, but now it’s a hugely frequented tourist attraction much loved for the wealth of history held here. The castle itself is small and like many castles the majority of Middleham Castle is ruins. However, the beautiful ruins have been exceptionally well preserved! You are still able to climb the magnificent tower with amazing views from the top! There are also a lot of signs around the castle grounds which have great descriptions of what the castle used to look like, enabling you to really picture the history of the place.
Bolton Castle, Wensleydale
Bolton Castle is a great place to stop and explore no matter what your age! You can’t help but notice it sat high on the hill on route to Redmire with spectacular views. Part of the castle is a ruin which you are unable to get to. However, the owners have taken great care to restore the other section, which is now a fantastic historical site but there is so much more to this wonderful attraction, such as the owl, hawk and falconry show, archery, a bee hive and small but gorgeous gardens with a maze for the children to burn some energy.
Richmond Castle is only a short walk from Richmond town centre and well worth a visit with a very reasonably priced entry fee. The castle is in very good condition and is one of the very few castles where you are able to climb to the top of the tower. At the top you will be pleased with your efforts as the views across the town are stunning.