Richmond

A quintessential market town set in stunning countryside, this corner of England is a traveller's delight. Located just a few miles from Scotch Corner and the intersection of the A1 and A66 and within a hour of the north east coast, Whitby and Captain Cooke's picturesque birthplace at Staithes, Richmond is ideally situated for year round holidays and short breaks.

Richmond is about a mile from Easby Hall. The cobbled market square is reputed to be the largest in England and many small shops, cafes and delicatessens cluster around its edge. Richmond Castle is an English Heritage managed monument and is open all year round. There are panoramic views from the top of the Norman keep and the bird's eye view reveals Culloden Tower (a Victorian folly), the Swale waterfalls and The Station, now restored and reinvented as a concourse of speciality outlets, a brasserie and two cinemas.

Perhaps Richmond's most prized gem is the Georgian Theatre Royal; occupying a unique place in theatrical history, this Grade 1 listed theatre was built in 1788. It is now beautifully restored to its original form and offers an outstanding programme of year round entertainment

Richmond is the home of the Green Howards' Regiment and a museum at the heart of the market place commemorates its history and further demonstrates Richmond's brimming historical past.

Easby Hall, Easby, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7EU. T - 01748 826066; M - 0776 967 3835;