Middleham Castle, English Heritage
Middleham, North Yorkshire
Average time spent – 1-1.5 hours.
Things to do at Middleham Castle review
Middleham castle maintained by English Heritage is situated in the centre of the village of Middleham. It is in the heart of Wensleydale, north Yorkshire. Work on the castle started back in 1190. It is most famous for being the childhood home of Richard III.
A lot of it’s ‘ruin’ was caused by people removing the stone to build other buildings in the village. Although it is a ruin many of its walls are actually still intact. Visiting the castle you soon get a sense of it’s once grandeur.
You enter Middleham castle via its drawbridge. There is no official parking as such, however, we parked in the village for no charge and we were just over the road from the entrance.
We spent around an hour exploring the castle. There is more to see than first meets the eye. There is a largely intact outer wall with ruined fireplaces and more to discover. We came across a strange round shape in the ground, almost as if a mill wheel was once there.
We found a few towers to wander in and other nooks and crannies to explore. Once you have made your way around the edge of the castle you can then explore the centre. This is a now roofless building but again with most of its high walls intact. Make sure you find the tower that takes you up to the highest point of the castle. From there you can admire the wonderful views over Middleham and other parts of Wensleydale.
Why not extend your day out with a visit to Richmond Castle and Barnard Castle.
Important Information Middleham Castle
Eating – There are no catering facilities on-site, They do have a shop which sells snacks and drinks.
Facilities in brief – Mostly ruined 12th Century castle in the heart of Middleham, North Yorkshire.
Entry price – *FREE for members of English Heritage or cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or cheap. An adult ticket without donation is £6.90, £4.10 for a child age 5-17. Under 5’s are free. Other pricing options are available.
Opening: Middleham castle is open almost all year round. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Castle Hill Middleham, Canaan Ln, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4QG, North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 0370 333 1181
Category – Castle – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
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