Facilities at Richmond Castle
ParkingVNo car park on site. Nearest parking is in the Market Place (2 hours free for Blue Badge holders). Not managed by English Heritage.
Food And DrinkVThe on-site shop serves tea, coffee and hot chocolate (vending machine). Cold drinks and various snacks are also available. Locally made Brymor ice-cream is sold in the summer. There is also a choice of places to eat in the Market Place.
Picnic AreaVYou are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. 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.
ShopVGift shop sells a wide range of English Heritage souvenirs and gifts, including books, snacks, hot and cold drinks.
ToiletsVUnisex toilet in visitor centre (accessible for those with limited mobility). During the summer, additional port-a-loo facilities are provided.
ExhibitionVInteractive exhibition exploring the castle’s nine centuries of history, including the story of the conscientious objectors, many of them Dales Quakers, who refused to fight in the First World War. Various artefacts and a mock-up the contentious objector cells. Accessible via staff-operated stair lift.
In 2000 English Heritage commissioned the landscape architect Neil Swanson to design a contemporary heritage garden.
The garden, known as the 'cockpit', is outside the castle walls and you approach it through a thick stone wall to airy views beyond. The main part of the cockpit garden is a grassy amphitheatre where people can meet, lay on the grass, have parties, picnics and enjoy the surroundings and it echoes the turfed area within the castle.
Please see the 'Garden' pages for more details. Cobbled surface accessed via wide steps.
Lots of room to run around in the main Ward, and some space in the garden. Ball games and kites allowed but please be considerate of other visitors.
Bottle / Food WarmingNo
Child Sized PortionsNo
Play Areas / Adventure PlaygroundLots of room to run around in the main Ward, and some space in the garden. Ball games and kites allowed but please be considerate of other visitors.
Push Chairs AllowedYes, but be aware that the Keep is accessed via spiral staircase and exhibition up a set of stairs.
Toy / Dressing Up BoxNo
Commercial Photograph And FilmingVEnglish Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures with us on Flickr and Facebook. We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted. We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers. If you are interested please go to (Filming Locations) for more information and contacts. English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.