Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle

Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Suzy

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 its ‘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 still intact. Visiting the castle you soon get a sense of its 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?

Middleham Castle North Yorkshire | English Heritage Review
View from the top of Middleham Castle
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Middleham Castle North Yorkshire | English Heritage Review

FAQ and Further Information Middleham Castle

Is there food and drink available?

There are no catering facilities on-site, They do have a shop which sells snacks and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

Mostly ruined 12th Century castle in the heart of Middleham, North Yorkshire.

What are the ticket prices?

*free, for members of English Heritage or cheapu003cbru003e*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.

Is there parking?

There is free, parking nearby.

When are they open?

Middleham castle is open almost all year round. For up-to-date opening times and dates u003ca href=u0022https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/middleham-castle/prices-and-opening-times/u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022u003eplease follow this linku003c/au003e.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome.

Are they accessible?

u003ca href=u0022https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/middleham-castle/access/u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022u003eInformation on accessibilityu003c/au003e

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