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Things to do in Richmond

Things To Do In RichmondNuns Cottage Bed and Breakfast is ideally located  in the center of the historic Georgian town of Richmond, just minutes walk from the charming cobbled market square. Right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, yet  just 4 miles from the A1 at Scotch Corner and so perfectly situated for those wishing to break their journey between England and Scotland.

Being directly on the Wainwright Coast to Coast long distance path at the half way point Richmond is the ideal  location for a 2 day stopover.

There are also plenty of lovely walks around Richmond itself, including the National Trust Hudswell Woods and calfhall Woods which can be reached in just 10 minutes on foot from our Guest House.

Richmondshire and North Yorkshire as a whole are outstanding beautiful, and the region has various accolades attributed to it. BBC Countryfile Magazine has awarded North Yorkshire their No 1 UK Holiday Destination for 2019. Even the Lonely Planet Guide has listed Swaledale as one of the Top Ten Regions of the World to visit in recent years.

Richmond itself has been shortlisted for the Great British High Street 2018 and with good reason!  just a couple of minutes walk from Nuns Cottage and you will find the historic Market Place where in addition to a number of high street names you will also find museums, galleries, gift shops, a sweet shop, a four story Georgian vintage Emporium offering a wide variety of antiques and curiosities, florists, Barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours. All varieties of take away food are on offer including several traditional fish and chip shops.

Market Day is Saturday and the Market Hall building is open every day with numerous stalls selling vintage and craft collectables and gifts.  Every third Saturday of the month there is a Farmers Market.

There are 10 pubs in Richmond The Kings Head, The Black Lion, The Buck Inn, The Town Hall,  The Castle Tavern, The Turf Hotel, The Golden Lion,  and The Unicorn, all within the town centre and The Ship Inn and the Holly Head Inn within walking distance.


Things To Do In RichmondRichmond is home to the Georgian Theatre Royal, the oldest working theatre in the Country, situated just a flat 3 minute walk from Nuns Cottage. See behind the scenes on the Theatre Tour!

The Old Station is now an award winning complex housing a two screen Cinema as well as boutiques, restaurants and regular art and photography exhibitions.

With walking and cycling routes, and no shortage of places to eat, drink and entertain Nuns Cottage B&B is the perfect place to stay for business or pleasure.

Things to see and do in Richmond and the Surrounding Area

Eating Out

Cafe’s, Deli’s, Pub’s Restaurants and Take Away’s can all be found at the following link:

Things To Do In Richmond




CAMRA’s North West Yorkshire Pub of the Year the George & Dragon is in nearby Hudswell Village and offers beautiful views over Hudswell views from it’s beer garden.


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Market Days

Every  Saturday in the Market Square, with a Farmers Market every third Saturday of the month.


Ask the experts and pick up a leaflet at Richmond’s Tourist Information Centre or try some of these recommended walks

River Swale and easby Abbey From Richmond

Round Howe and Billy Bank Woods

Richmond to Hudswell Round




National Trust

Things To Do In RichmondThere are numerous historic sites to visit in  the Yorkshire Dales including

Moulton Hall –  Richmond

Hudswell Woods – Richmond

Mount Grace Priory  – Northallerton

Braithwaite Hall  – Leyburn


Visit the National Trust Page to find out more and plan your visit’s to numerous sites throughout North Yorkshire

Castle's & English Heritage

Richmond Castle is one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire, and is situated just a few minutes walk away from Nuns Cottage. The Castle is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain, and is a must see while in Richmond. All the information you need can be found Here from English Heritage.

Middleham Castle the childhood home of Richard III is also within easy reach,  as is the 12th Century Barnard Castle where you can enjoy fantastic views over the Tees, and see Richard III’s boar emblem carved above the inner ward. All information regarding these and other sites can be found on the English Heritage website.


The Green Howards Museam is situated in the heart of Richmond in the Market Square, you can learn all about the regiment and view the unique collection of military artefacts. This museum forms part of the Richmond Town Ticket Offer.

Make sure you allow enough time for a visit to the Richmondshire Museum as the museum is a lot bigger than it would appear from the outside. A fascinating look at local and social history, with a wide range of artefacts on display from the Stone Age to the present day. You can also enjoy a discounted rate to this museum by purchasing the Richmond Town Ticket.

Richmond Town Ticket

The Richmond Town Ticket is a special offer that runs from 1st April until 31st October, and gives entry to Richmond Castle, The Green Howard’s Museum, The Richmondshire Museum and the Georgian Theatre Experience. It also gets you a discount in several eateries too!

You can buy the Town Ticket in participating venues or you can also buy it online from the Georgian Theatre Royal Here  – ticket’s purchased online must be collected from the Theatre Box Office.


Hardraw Force
Visit the Green Dragon Inn at Hardraw just outside Hawes where you will find the longest single drop waterfall in England: pay at the Heritage Centre behind the Green Dragon Pub.

Aysgarth Falls
Aysgarth Falls are a triple flight of waterfalls, over an almost a one-mile stretch near Aysgarth village. The falls are particularly impressive during wet weather, thousands of gallons of water cascade a series of limestone steps.

Richmond Falls (River Swale)

Just a short easy walk from Nuns Cottage, Richmond Falls are a must see.

Famous Breweries


There are two famous breweries to visit both situated in the Wensleydale market town of Masham The Theakstons Brewery  “T&R Theakston” is an independent family brewing company founded in 1827, and is controlled and run by direct family descendants of the founder Robert Theakston. Day and evening tours are available where you can taste the brews fresh from the cask, explore the visitor centre and shop for branded gifts and merchandise.

The Black Sheep Brewery  is also well worth a visit

Offering Brewery tours, beer tasting, home cooked food, and the chance to buy Black Sheep Merchandise are all on offer.





Trains & Buses

Wensleydale Railway’s train

For up to date information, timetable, fares etc visit

Little White Bus Shuttle Services

Arriva Bus Service


There are many events throughout the year in Richmond, every month there is something happening, please visit the Richmond.Org website to keep up to date with events happening in Richmond.

Visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park for activities and events across the Dales

Learn New Skills

Knit Owl

Knitting tips and lessons available 



Learn to paint furniture like a professional at the weekly chalk painting workshop’s


Hollie’s Riding School

Situated overlooking the picturesque town and offering Riding lessons and hack’s


Swinton Cookery School

Situated in Ripon, you can enrol on a one day cookery course to improve your culinary skills

The Surrounding Area

Graculus Studios Reeth
See sculptor, Michael Kusz at Graculus and cabinet maker, Philip Bastow.


The Station, Richmond
Watch cheese makers, bakers and brewers at work. Visit the cinema, art exhibitions and café. Buy an ice cream from Archers. Take a walk along the old railway line along the scenic River Swale.


The Green Howards Museum, Richmond
The Museum tells the story of the illustrious Green Howards Regiment from its very beginnings to the present day.


St Agatha’s Abbey & Church, Easby, Richmond


Millgate House Garden, Richmond

Stunning garden open to the public.


Catterick Racecourse

Have a flutter on your favourite at the races


Foxglove Covert Local Nature reserve

Over 100 acres of moorland with a remarkable mix of habitats and species.


Mains Gill Farm Shop & Tearoom

Popular with locals and visitors alike, this is more than just a farm shop.


Dales Bike Centre

Swaledale is well know for it’s cylcling having played host to the Tour De France in 2014. The Dales bike centre offer bike hire.


Swaledale Museam, Reeth 

Charming little museum in Reeth has lots of artefacts and information about Swaledale and neighbouring Arkengarthdale from pre historic fossils to lead mining, farming and local crafts.


The Garden House Reeth

Fine pottery, kitchenware, textiles and more.


Keld Countryside & Heritage Centre

Tells the story of  village from its early beginnings up to the present day. Learn about hill farming, local people, vernacular architecture, wildlife conservation and the history of Keld’s listed chapel, school and literary institute buildings.


St Mary’s Church, Muker

Built in 1580, during the reign of Elizabeth 1, a time when very few new churches were built.


Ghyllfoot Tearoom

View’s of Gunnerside Ghyll


Swaledale Woolens

Organically spun woollen garments made with wool from local sheep.

Jervaulx Abbey 
Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery but was plundered and pillaged during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.  It now stands as an enchanting, charming and atmospheric ruin, allowed to flourish by its private owners with wild flowers and plants freely exploring its many nooks and crannies.


Brymor Ice Cream,High Jervaulx Farm, Near Masham.
Lovely Ice cream parlour open every day and set in a working farm. 30 different flavours of this fabulous ice cream to choose from


Bolton Castle
Visit the armoury, dungeon, Great Chamber, old kitchens, nursery and bed chambers. Have a go at backgammon, cards, dice and hand crafts such as luceting and spool knitting. Try quill writing, play quoits and ride hobby horses in the nursery. Most of the displays go ahead even in bad weather. The barn owl Orinnoco can fly inside in the threshing room for a spectacular and atmospheric display.


Wensleydale Galleries  Leyburn Business Park.


Inspired Chocolate
Wonderful place to buy delicious and unusual chocolates and see them being made, just outside Leyburn.


Ceramic Inspirations  formerly the Tea Pot Factory.  Watch the skilled potters entire process as they make every piece from scratch, pieces available to purchase and of course a tea room!


Forbidden Corner
Originally built as a private folly but due to public demand was subsequently opened to the public. A great family day out situated in Middleham near Leyburn.


The White Rose Candles workshop
An amazing variety of candles for sale,  visitors may observe the various processes involved in the manufacture of the candles including traditional dipping and casting techniques.


Outhwaites Ropemakers
Learn how the twist is put into the ropes and browse the gift shop in the small dales market town of Hawes.


Wensleydale Creamery
See where the famous cheese is produced in Hawes and buy your favourite to take home with a slice of Yorkshire fruit cake. Lot’s of free tasters, a very well stocked gift shop and cafe/restaurant on site.


Gayle Mill
Fascinating tours and great crafts workshops. Gayle Mill is a restored Victorian saw mill near Hawes, famously featured on the BBC Restoration programme. Gayle Mill is even improved by the rain! They rely on the rain to fill the Beck with water to power the turbines and drive the Victorian machinery.


Dales Countryside Museum 
Full of fascinating exhibits telling the history of Wensleydale and discover the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, past and present.


Village of Askrigg

One handsome house in Askrigg enjoyed television fame in the 1970s and 1980s as Skelldale House – home of the fictional Dales vet James Herriot, whilst the King’s Arms became the setting for the Drover’s Inn.There are many footpaths around the village with which you could create a short walk – the climb up Mill Gill is a local favourite. Try this 2 hour walk from Askrigg to Mill Gill and Whitfield Gill Force.


Fountains Abbey & Study Royal Water Gardens
Discover how the monks lived and worked before the Abbey was dissolved and then destroyed. You can also see Fountains Mill working when it rains and have a go at grinding corn.


How Stean Gorge

Outdoor pursuits, group activities, team-building days and visitor attractions, all in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.


Brimham Rocks

Dramatic Moorland rock formations, National Trust.


Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

Visit the picturesque working farm and enjoy home made ice cream from their very own Jersey cows.


Brewery Park Outdoor Centre

Range of outdoor pursuits and activities available on day and residential courses.


Nidderdale Museam

Life and work in Nidderdale through the ages.


Oldest Sweet Shop In England

Occupying a building dating back to 1661, and trading continuously since 1827, this shop holds a Guinness World Record (2014) for being the World’s Oldest Sweet Shop.


The Coldstones Cut

Yorkshire’s biggest and highest public artwork, created by artist Andrew Sabin.


Folkfinders Family History

The UK’s only Genealogy Shop offering a wide range of services.


Live action outdoor theatre spectacular staged in Bishop Auckland County Durham approximately half an hours drive from Nuns Cottage Bed & Breakfast. Kynren emerses you in the telling of a 2000 year old tale – the history of England. On a seven and a half acre stage, a cast and crew of over 1,000 and with ground breaking special effects, incredible horsemanship, realistic battle scenes and beautiful original music the show takes you on an unforgettable journey back through time.