Middleham Castle, Middleham

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Middleham Castle is a ruined castle in Middleham in Wensleydale, in the county of North Yorkshire, England. It was built by Robert Fitzrandolph, 3rd Lord of Middleham and Spennithorne, commencing in 1190. The castle was the childhood home of King Richard III, although he spent very little of his reign there. The castle was built to defend the road from Richmond to Skipton, though some have suggested the original site of the castle was far better to achieve this than the later location. After the death of King Richard III the castle remained in royal hands until it was allowed to go to ruin in the 17th century. Many of the stones from the castle were used in other buildings in the village of Middleham.
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  • Great place to visit a very complex castle ruin. Richard the third lived there. Picnic area available and drawings that showed how it would have appeared that bring it to life. Lots of nooks and...  more »
  • A good set of medieval castle remains - a massive structure. Mezzanine floor is open at present, but unfortunately tower is closed. A lovely place to enjoy history with good contextual introductory...  more »
  • A beautiful castle in stunning countryside, sadly in need of a revamp to the signage and perhaps an audio guide? The staff were helpful and polite but even after buying the guidebook the place didn't really come to life. This place should be the jewel in the Middleham's crown!
  • This is a really interesting castle that is surprisingly well preserved. Masses of history with the Richard III link. Free parking nearby in this quaint location. Once you have had your fill of history you can always go for a nearby coffee or a cream tea!
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