The North Yorkshire town of Richmond, with its Norman castle and elegant Georgian streets, sits on the banks of the River Swale. The settlement dates from 1071 and its name means "strong hill".
Richmond is home to around 8,000 people. There's a Saturday market in the cobbled market place and daily ones in the indoor Market Hall. The town boasts a variety of individual, small shops, as well as a swimming pool and sports complex.
Tourism contributes greatly to the local economy. Attractions include the castle, Culloden Tower, Easby Abbey, Millgate House Gardens and museums dedicated to Richmondshire, the Green Howards regiment and Georgian theatre. The Theatre Royal, built in 1788, still offers a packed programme of events. The old station, now renovated, houses an arts centre, cinema, restaurant, bakery . . . and there's even a micro-brewery. The beautiful Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach.