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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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  • There are quite a few good ruins in the area (eg Bolton Castle, Jervaulx Abbey, Richmond Castle, Fountains Abbey) - but this is the best! Not so ruined as some and very atmospheric...you can imagine.....  more
    There are quite a few good ruins in the area (eg Bolton Castle, Jervaulx Abbey, Richmond Castle, Fountains Abbey) - but this is the best! Not so ruined as some and very atmospheric...you can imagine.....  more »
  • Available free parking nearby. Staff friendly and helpful. No cafe but snacks and hot/cold drinks available to buy in the castle shop. Castle grounds well kept and castle impressive and... 
    Available free parking nearby. Staff friendly and helpful. No cafe but snacks and hot/cold drinks available to buy in the castle shop. Castle grounds well kept and castle impressive and...  more »

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