Richmondshire Museum

“A wide range of diverse and appealing exhibitions.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Richmond, North Yorkshire

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Richmondshire Museum was opened in 1974 and since then much has been added to make the attraction a 'must' for any visitor to the town. The building appears small on the outside but is a veritable Tardis once entered. There is a wide range of items on display with the emphasis upon local and social history. Displays include artefacts from the Stone Age to the present day, a cruck house from nearby Ravensworth, lead-mining in the Dales, toys through the ages, a transport gallery with a model of Richmond Station, reconstructions of Grinton Post Office, Barker's chemist shop from Catterick, the Herriot Set from the film All Creatures Great and Small and Fenwick's grocers and chandlers shop (a reconstruction of the original shop in Frenchgate in the town).

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Richmondshire Museum
Richmondshire Museum, Ryders Wynd, RICHMOND, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JA


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Audio Guide, Picture Guide, Ramps, Lift to all floors, Accessible toilet facilities
Opening times
  • Opening Times: We are open Monday to Saturday 10:30-16:30

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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