British Travel Journal

7 BEST TOWN

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RICHMOND

James Herriot, author of All Creatures Great & Small told the story of a man from Richmond going to heaven only to be told by St Peter that he might find his new home a bit disappoint­ing.

The market town of Richmond at the foot of Swaledale is truly gorgeous and full of elegant Georgian houses that teeter down steep wynds (streets) towards the river Swale. It's dominated by the 100-foot keep of a huge Norman castle that was completed here in 1086. Scolland's Hall, a residentia­l building within the castle complex is one of the oldest buildings in England and the castle's outer bailey is now the town's market place. Today Richmond has a working cinema in its old railway station and a tiny Theatre Royal which dates back to 1788 and has recently been restored to its original Georgian colour scheme.

Not surprising­ly Richmond is also a popular base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park of Swaledale, Wharfedale and Wensleydal­e.

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