Middleham and Nearby

Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Middleham is an ideal starting point for the walker, cyclist or nature lover.

The many dales, moors, rivers and small attractive dales towns and villages offer endless possibilities on a year round basis. Nearby attractions also include:

Middleham CastleMiddleham Castle

built on the site of an original Norman Motte and Bailey construction, Middleham castle was completed in the 12th Century. Many modifications were made over the years. Middleham castle is famous for being the favourite home of Richard III. Now managed by English Heritage, the castle is open throughout the year. Several special events are run throught the summer months.

Middleham Castle  Visit website
The GallopsThe Gallops

Located on Middleham Low Moor just outside the village. Each morning the numerous racehorses from stables in and around the village are exercised on ‘The Gallops’. There are fabulous views from Middleham Moor – a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding dales.

The Gallops  Visit website
Forbidden Corner Forbidden Corner

is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, tunnels, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden. Recently voted the best childrens' attraction in Yorkshire and also "The best 20th Century European Folly". Wonderful for ‘children’ of all ages.

Forbidden Corner   Visit website
Wensleydale Railway Wensleydale Railway

runs throughout the year between Leeming Bar and Redmire passing through 22 miles of delightful countryside. The train also stops at Bedale, Finghall and Leyburn.

Wensleydale Railway   Visit website
Tennants auctioneersTennants auctioneers

without doubt one of the finest auctioneers in the country. If you are an experienced bidder or just curious, Tenants salerooms , based in nearby Leyburn (2 miles) are well worth a visit.

Tennants auctioneers  Visit website
Jervaulx AbbeyJervaulx Abbey

built in 1156 the ruins of the Cistercian Jervaulx Abbey are close to Middleham. Open throughout the year.

Jervaulx Abbey  Visit website
The Tea Pottery The Tea Pottery

in Leyburn, is just around the corner from Tenants Auction Rooms. A fully working pottery, specialising in teapots, which is open to visitors throughout the year. Free entry.

The Tea Pottery   Visit website
Bolton Castle Bolton Castle

Built in 1399, Bolton Castle is open every day throughout the year to visitors. Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned here. Take a tour of this fascinating castle and see the stunning views of the dale from its towers.

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The Little Chocolate Factory The Little Chocolate Factory

(Near to The Tea Pottery) For all chocoholics, not to be missed. See the chocolates being made, and choose your favourites to take home.

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