If you live in or around Richmond then you can gain free entry to the town’s key tourist attractions on Saturday 17 March between 10am and 4pm.
Participating attractions include:
More information on the individual venues can be found below. To gain free entry on the day, please bring some documentation proving your Richmondshire residency.
The Station, which does not charge an admission fee, is also taking part in the initiative, with free family activities throughout the day and Richmond Operatic Society will be performing a selection of songs from their upcoming production of ‘My Fair Lady’ at 11.15am and 12.45pm.
The Richmond Information Centre, located in the library on Queens Road will be welcoming visitors between 10am and 1pm to provide additional information on things to see and do in the area.
Take a ‘behind-the-scenes’ guided tour round the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form. You’ll discover hidden trap doors, peek inside the dressing rooms of the stars and even get to tread the boards of the historic stage itself. Also included in the tour is a visit to the brand new, interactive exhibition area where you can find out more about the habits and behaviours of 18th century audiences, as well as the lives of the actors themselves. Last year The Georgian Theatre Experience won Highly Commended in the best small visitor attraction category of the prestigious White Rose Awards - the largest celebration of tourism excellence in the UK.
Tours start on the hour from 10am to 4pm.
The museum tells the story of 300 years of service, sacrifice, bravery and friendship through its extensive collection of personal items, uniforms, equipment and medals. See the special exhibition about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s campaign to better protect soldiers fighting in the trenches, and find out how local people are helping shape this year’s centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War.
With its breath-taking views of the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire. The castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England and is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain. Learn all about the castle’s past in the interactive exhibition before taking a peaceful stroll round the secluded Cockpit Garden.
Tucked away in a cobbled wynd just off the Market Place, this fascinating museum charts the history of Richmond and the surrounding dales. This new season sees some exciting changes within the galleries, including: an education exhibition illustrating the history of education within Richmond; and a new display of artefacts that pay tribute to the returning heroes of WW1. In collaboration with the Bells Heritage Project, the Museum has a new entrance exhibition which includes some of the incredible research that has been done and what went on ‘behind the scenes’ of the installation of the new bells at St Mary’s Church. Don’t miss the other displays, including the surgery from the James Herriot All Creatures Great and Small television series and the interactive discovery centre.
The Love Being Local event is organised by the Welcome to Richmond group. The group promotes tourism in Richmond and Lower Swaledale and its other initiatives include: the popular Town Ticket which enables discounted entry to the key attractions and price reductions at local eateries between April and October; and GeorgeFest, the town’s summer Georgian Festival.