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Visit the Dales



Famous for its twelfth century castle, the childhood home of Richard III, and its thriving racehorse training industry, Middleham is set in the beautiful countryside where Coverdale and Wensleydale meet. The town is elegantly arranged around two market squares surrounded by Georgian buildings, interesting shops, galleries and cafés.

Equine epicentre

The training of racehorses has been carried out here for over 200 years and there are still several hundred horses stabled here, so don't be surprised to see them around town or galloping across the surrounding countryside.


The area around Middleham has splendid walks that can take you up onto the heather moorland and is a great base for cycling - either high into the Dales or on the easier rolling roads to the east.

Attractions and icecream

Nearby is the Forbidden Corner - a great day out for the family or any big kids - where there are all kinds of strange features to explore. You could also visit Jervaulx Abbey set in extensive grounds and said to be the original home of Wensleydale Cheese. Close to the Abbey is the award winning Brymor Ice Cream where you can sample their wares on the farm where it is produced.

Getting here

Middleham has a limited bus service which runs between Richmond and Ripon

Middleham Castle

A stunning 12th century castle dominates the town of Middleham

Jervaulx Abbey

Discover the dramatic and yet tranquil ambiance of Jervaulx Abbey.

Essential visitor info

How to get here, where to stay and more.

Get outdoors

Find out about walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding


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