This attractive market town on the River Swale has
one of the oldest theatres still in use in England
but is dominated by a castle dating back to 1071.
The Scottish king William the Lion was held here after being captured at Alnwick in 1174.
Legend has it that secret tunnels lurk beneath the castle and one story even claims that King Arthur and his knights are buried here.
The artist JMW Turner painted the town several
times and the writer Lewis Carroll studied at the
local grammar school in the mid-19th century.
Today the town’s medieval church houses the Green Howards’ regimental museum while Richmondshire Museum has a scale model of the town’s old railway station and a set of vet James Herriott’s surgery from the TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’.