NZ 172-008 Yorkshire England
Richmond Castle was originally a Norman stone gatehouse and courtyard fortress, founded by Alan the Red, count of Penthievre. Two massive late 11th century curtain walls, flanked by rectangular towers, stand against the steep banks of the River Swale. They form a formidable triangular platform, with a gatehouse at the apex and the two storey Scolland's Hall, at the south-east angle. In the 12th century, the gatehouse was replaced by an impressive four storey keep, with two storey turrets on the angles. A small walled barbican, flanked by an outer gatehouse defended the keep and east of Scolland's Hall, the Cockpit, the triangular second ward was enclosed by a curtain wall, with a wide arched gateway. 6 miles south-west is Walburn Hall and 11 miles north-west is Scargill Castle.
Richmond Castle is located in the town centre, off Castle Wynd. 30 miles south of Durham, on the A1-A6108.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is open daily, April to September 10:00-6:00pm. Saturday and Sunday October to March 10:00-4:00pm.
There are car parks nearby.