Things To See & Do

Richmond Castle

With its breathtaking views of the rolling Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in the area. The castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England and lived as one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain.

During a visit to the castle you can learn all about the history in the interactive exhibition before taking a peaceful stroll round the secluded Cockpit Garden. The castle’s exciting events programme will give you a great chance to enjoy live events and is perfect for a picnic.

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Easby Abbey

The highly impressive ruins of Easy Abbey are set in picturesque North Yorkshire Moors nestled by the River Swale. Easby is one of the most well-preserved monasteries of the Premonstratensian, with the refectory, gatehouse and canons dormitory remaining. The parish church within the precinct – still in use today – contains some vary rare 13th century wall paintings.

Founded in 1152, Easby Abbey was suppressed in 1536 and within two years most of its buildings had been stripped and demolished. The ruins are also a favourite subject for artists, including JMW Turner.

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Catterick Racecourse

Catterick Racecourse is one of the true homes of the Northern racing scene – a venue steeped in tradition and a favourite among many of the region’s owners, trainers and racing public.

Racing at Catterick Bridge began as early as the mid-17th Century and the first recorded meeting took place on April 22nd 1783, but it was not until 1813 that a permanent course was created.

Today, Catterick is a charming blend of old and new.  The framework of the old 1906 stand is still evident in the present Grandstand but many alterations and improvements have taken place while maintaining the informal atmosphere.

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Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve

Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve covers 100 acres of moorland edge adjacent to Cambrai Lines at Catterick and has a remarkable mix of habitats and species. The reserve contains semi-natural woodland, heathland, flower-rich grassland, streams, ponds, a lake, willow and Alder carr, coniferous woodlands and wet meadows.

The diverse habitats of the site mean that a variety of bird species is either resident or passing through on migration and bird ringing is one of the most important aspects of conservation on the reserve. In common with all other bird ringing sites, Foxglove Covert carries out its work under the auspices of The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

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