I have so many great memories of Richmond Castle from when I was younger, both from day trips as a family and as part of a school trip. I’ve often thought about taking my kids there but for some reason never got around to it, which is mad considering it’s only a 30min car ride away. So, this half term I was determined to put that right.

Richmond Castle: A great day out for all the family

Just a quick warning; despite my best efforts to sift through the hundreds of photos I took and whittle them down, this is still a pretty picture heavy post.

As soon as my son spotted the Castle Keep rising above the town he got really excited, and when I told him you could actually go up to the top he was beside himself. Any castles we have visited in the past have been complete ruins and he has always been so disappointed that there were no towers to climb, so this was a big hit.

M on a wall within the grounds of Richmond Castle with The Keep in the background

Needless to say climbing The Keep was the first item on the agenda! With L still not being able to last a whole day on her feet and having a picnic with us I’d had to take the pushchair but I parked it up inside the ground floor of The Keep while we climbed and apparently a lot of people do the same.

On the stairs heading up The Keep inside Richmond Castle

The tower is 100ft high and, although there are a couple of floors to stop off on, getting to the top is no easy feat. The stairs are quite narrow and worn in places and some are quite steep (this picture above is from the best section). L managed to get about half way up but I had to carry her the rest (my legs were burning!). It’s definitely worth it when you reach the top though. The views across the town and the Yorkshire Dales are spectacular.

Looking out over Richmond from the top of The Keep

Stood at the top of Richmond Castle with the Yorkshire Dales in the distance

I have a picture of me and my best friend from school sitting in a window half way up The Keep and as soon as we passed it I had to get one of M and L sitting in the same place. It was a bit on the windy side to say the least but the kids thought it was great.

M and L sat in a window of The Keep at Richmond Castle

On the second floor of The Keep is a large hall with a wooden floor and L discovered, to her delight, that jumping on it created a really good echo. I think she could have entertained herself in there for hours.

L loved the echo when she jumped on the wooden floor of this hall inside The Keep

After the Keep we followed the castle walls and explored the ruins. There is so much open space for the kids to run off some energy, as well as more stunning views.

Lots of open space within Richmond Castle grounds for the kids to run around

A stunning view across the river from within the grounds of Richmond Castle

Next we came to the Cockpit Garden. This area wasn’t developed last time I visited but is a very welcome addition. Built on quite a steep slope and with steps in several places, it wasn’t the easiest to navigate with a pushchair but we managed (would have been easier with two adults!). Thankfully our pushchair is pretty robust and great for off-road (essential when you have dogs) so it bounced along quite well but I’m not sure how you would get on with a small pushchair as some of the pathways are cobbled; something to bare in mind if you visit.

The kids loved the windswept tree in the Cockpit Garden at Richmond Castle

M leaning against tree in the Cockpit Garden with Richmond Castle in the background

The kids loved this bench in the Cockpit Garden at the base of the walls of Richmond Castle

After exploring all of the gardens we decided it would make the perfect picnic spot. There were plenty of benches dotted about the gardens (as well as picnic tables in the main grassed area inside the castle walls) but we had a blanket with us and set up on a nice flat section with a slope behind and one in front. As soon as the kids had wolfed their food down they had so much fun running up and rolling down the hills.

The kids had great fun rolling down the hills in the gardens at Richmond Castle

We must have spent an hour and a half just in that one spot. Having never rolled down a hill before L was extremely pleased with herself for figuring it out. Although I often had to get her in position and give her a push.

L was so proud of herself for rolling down a hill for the first time at Richmond Castle

M also had a great time getting L to chase him, then hiding in bushes and jumping out. She was soon wise to his tricks though. I don’t think the bright yellow coat helped him much! Can you spot him?

M kept hiding in the bushes at Richmond Castle but L soon spotted his bright yellow coat

After all that running around L was worn out and needed the pushchair so I’m glad I took it. Although getting up out of the gardens with her in the pushchair was a lot harder than going down into them!

M standing in an old doorway set into the walls of Richmond Castle

After watching M run around and explore the rest of the ruins L decided she didn’t want to miss out. She got straight back out the pushchair and didn’t get in again till it was time to leave.

L running to explore one of the halls at Richmond Castle

The kids exploring an old doorway at Richmond Castle

There were lots of nooks and crannies to explore. This one seemed to lead to an old toilet!

M sat in the old chapel inside Richmond Castle

The kids loved exploring the remnants of the old chapel. It was just one tiny room, and very dark except for when the sun shone through the open doorway.

The kids looking out a window set into the walls of Richmond Castle

Everywhere you go around the castle there is the opportunity to find another amazing view.

L checking out the view from one of the halls at Richmond Castle

It was an extremely windy day (as you can tell from the windswept look in all the pictures!) and pretty cold, but the rain held off and we had one of the best days out in a long time. We spent about 4 hours in there in the end and the kids were on the go the whole time. Needless to say L was asleep before we’d driven out of the carpark. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend a visit to Richmond Castle. I’m confident we’ll be back very soon.

The castle is run by English Heritage so members can get in for free. If you’re not a member it’s £5.30 for Adults and £3.10 for children (5-15yrs). You can find out more information on the English Heritage website.

Did you have any great days out during half-term?

 

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57 thoughts on “Richmond Castle: A Great Day Out For All The Family

  1. This looks absolutely stunning! Well done for getting all the way to the top!
    #DreamTeam
    Kirsty – Winnettes recently posted…5 Healthy and Delicious Ingredients Children Love in Homemade Bread – Guest PostMy Profile

    Posted on 28 February, 2017 at 10:14 am
    1. Thank you, my legs were like jelly by the time I got back down 😂

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:48 pm
  2. Looks like a fab day out! I love natural shots. #globalblogging
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    Posted on 28 February, 2017 at 10:36 am
    1. Thank you, it was lovely x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:48 pm
  3. Oh Alana! What a lovely post and brilliant pictures. The views are stunning. I hope your kids had as much fun as I did on this little tour! Thanks for sharing on #globalblogging

    Posted on 28 February, 2017 at 9:09 pm
    1. Aww, thank you. It was a great day out and they had so much fun running round x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:49 pm
  4. I was thinking, I didn’t know there was a castle in Richmond, how did I miss that! Then I realised you meant Richmond Yorkshire, not outskirts of London :-).

    Anyhoo, this looks lovely, the kids looked like they had a great time. I will look t up if we go that way. The prices are really good. #BigPinkLink

    Posted on 28 February, 2017 at 9:21 pm
    1. Ha ha, I always forget there’s another Richmond! x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:50 pm
  5. Wow! Stunning views at the top, but quite the climb! Well done for getting there. (Adds new destination to list of places I’d like to go)

    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 12:43 pm
    1. Thank you, it was definitely worth the climb x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:52 pm
  6. Ooo that looks like a good castle. I’ll definitely go if I’m in the area it’s our ideal day out. You need not have worried about there being too many pictures they were all fab! #bestandworst

    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    1. Aww, thank you x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:53 pm
  7. Ooh we’ve got English Heritage membership and we aren’t a million miles away. We’ll have to give this a visit as it looks great. Gorgeous pics. I always think there is something very special about taking your children to places that you loved as a child. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x
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    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 6:21 pm
    1. You should definitely give it a go then, its such a beautiful place x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:53 pm
  8. Love the pictures in the window and the hill rolling!! Looks so much fun. I really enjoy castles and ruins so this is a great place to go. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworstx
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    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 8:47 pm
    1. Thank you. They had so much fun on those hills!

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:57 pm
  9. I love a good castle, such a great way to engage children in history and the outdoors. There is so much to explore and learn but always while having fun. Looks great here #BestandWorst
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    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 9:12 pm
    1. Thank you, me too. There’s something magical about them isn’t there?

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:59 pm
  10. It looks like you had such a lovely day out. The castle looks amazing. your pictures are so good and it looks like the children really enjoyed themselves
    #familyfun

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 7:58 am
    1. Thank you, they loved it x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  11. Your pictures are beautiful and yay for getting to the top! #ablogginggoodtime

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 8:13 am
    1. Thank you, I think that counts as my exercise for the month right? 😬

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:01 pm
  12. As a history teacher I love a good tour of a castle – we’re *fairly* near Dover which is a fave of mine so can’t wait to take the kids. You’ve inspired me! Love the photos so no need to apologise for them! #familyfun
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    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 9:52 pm
    1. Thank you. I’d love to visit a castle with a history teacher, you could answer all my son’s questions! x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:06 pm
      1. Ha ha – maybe…. or I’d be googling on my phone :-). Just popping back for #globalblogging. xx
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        Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 9:16 pm
  13. Looks like a great day out, we live right by Dover Castle and visit regularly with the kids #Pocolo
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 6:28 am
    1. Thank you, can’t beat a good castle x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:10 pm
  14. My son absolutely loves a castle – there’s something about them that brings out their inner adventurer, isn’t there? This one looks great too, I love the sound of all the little nooks and crannies to explore. The rolling down the hill looks like great fun, and I love your son’s optimism about hide and seek while wearing a yellow coat! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    1. Thank you, they’re great aren’t they. This one is so beautiful and all the open space to run around and explore is always a hit.

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:11 pm
  15. Alana I confess I clicked on this thinking I didn’t know Richmond had a castle! ie SW London Richmond! Of course it doesn’t! However still loved reading about your adventures. What great pics too. Next time I am in the North East which maybe sooner than I think I will bear it in mind. #familyfun
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    1. Ha ha, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. I always forget there’s one in London x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:12 pm
  16. Oooh I’m a sucker for a good castle! This one looks brilliant, and the rolling down hills bit must have been so fun. Although last time I tried it it made me feel sick! 😀 Thanks for joining us at the #bigpinklink
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    1. Thank you, castles are great aren’t they. I can’t actually remember the last time I rolled down a hill, may have to give it a go 😬

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:14 pm
  17. Oh wow, what a place to visit! You got some truly amazing photographs. We do love a good castle to explore #sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    1. Thank you. It was a great day out x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:16 pm
  18. So amazing. I would DIE to experience this with the girls.

    Maybe someday

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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    1. Thank you. It was so much fun. Hopefully you’ll make it over one day x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:17 pm
  19. We love a trip to see a castle, they are always so much fun. This looks like there was lots to offer you to see and do. Great price too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    1. Thank you. It’s a really great place, we’ll definitely be going back x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:20 pm
  20. AH I used to love rolling down hills when I was a kid. It looks like a fab day out. Good effort getting to the top. The photos are really lovely too, I am loving the little man’s coat. We have a castle in our town centre and I have never been in the 5 years I have lived her, you have inspired me for a day out with the little ones – picnic included. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    1. Thank you. It really was a great day. Hope you have some good weather to visit your castle x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 9:43 pm
  21. No wonder you had trouble with the selection. These pictues are fabulous. #FabFridayPost

    Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 12:17 am
    1. Aw, thank you x

      Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 7:27 am
  22. It looks like a beautiful place and a lovely (albeit windy!) day. We have something similar to where we are and we love to visit and let the children run around the little nooks and crannies they find. #SharingTheBlogLove
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    Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 8:20 pm
  23. I just love reading posts about the UK and castles. It all seems rather mystical… I’m sure it was a fantastic day out!! Thanks for sharing #globalblogging

    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 12:50 am
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 9:23 pm
  24. my kids lived exploring castles and living in the South West we had an English Heritage card for many years, we had Goodrich castle on the doorstep which was a favourite, i have so many similar photo’s to yours. popping over from #PoCoLo

    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 3:55 am
    1. They’re great fun aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by x

      Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 9:37 pm
  25. What a lovely place to visit, get some fresh air and learn about history at the same time. Wonderful! If we ever go up that way we will definitely visit. I think the kids will enjoy rolling down the hills and going up the tower too! 🙂

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost xx
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    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 8:08 am
    1. Thank you, rolling down hills and climbing towers, what more could a kid want x

      Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 9:25 pm
  26. What a wonderful day out. I love to explore the ruins of an old castle, really must put that in my diary for the spring! Lovely pictures too. Thanks for linking up with us #FabFridayPost

    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 8:15 am
  27. Looks a great castle and like you had a great visit – and wow, rolling down a hill too – awesome! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo
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    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 10:09 pm
  28. Very moody and atmospheric pictures! Owing to the small matter of having a baby we didn’t have any days out over half term but looking forward to Easter! #bestandworst
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    Posted on 6 March, 2017 at 4:12 pm
  29. It sounds like you’ve had a great time. I’ve pinned this. x #PoCoLo
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    Posted on 6 March, 2017 at 4:39 pm
  30. Well done for reaching the top and thanks for sharing it with #TuesdayTreasures!

    Posted on 6 March, 2017 at 9:06 pm
  31. Oooo looks really good – might have to try it out if I’m ever that way!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 8 March, 2017 at 11:16 am
  32. Oh wow! We’ll definitely have to visit when we’re in the area. It looks amazing. We love Bolsover Castle, we got married there 10 years ago and it’s such a gorgeous place.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    Posted on 24 March, 2017 at 2:01 pm