Middleham is a picturesque & historic town situated in beautiful Wensleydale, just two miles from the market town of Leyburn.
Steeped in history, from the Romans who first settled here, to Medieval times when Richard 111 lived at the magnificent castle & Middleham became the Windsor of the North, through to Georgian times when most of the beautiful houses that line the two market squares were built.
The growth of horse racing also began during this period & which has become a vibrant & thriving industry that today stables & trains over five hundred horses in the town.
Today Middleham is a great base to explore the Yorkshire Dales from, it has four public houses, tea rooms, shops & the castle is a not-to-be- missed visit, also the numerous racing stables have open days & every year Middleham has a Richard 111 weekend with Medieval themed events & activities.
Close by are many sights & places of interest to visit :-
A must see, a magnificent imposing structure dominating the skyline of Middleham, once the home of Richard 111
The Forbidden Corner
A four acre walled garden which has a unique labrynth of tunnels, chambers, follies & surprises, a must-see in beautiful Coverdale & ideal for adventurers young & old. www.forbiddencorner.co.uk
A privately owned Cistercian Abbey in peaceful parkland, open to the public with tea rooms
Built in 1379, set in magnificent countryside with spectacular views of Wensleydale, it’s where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned & is one of the country’s best preserved & imposing fortresses. www.boltoncastle.co.uk
Tennants Auctions – Leyburn
Two miles away is the internationally renowned auction house which is a must for antique & interiors lovers, sales are held fortnightly & major catalogue sales held monthly. www.tennants.co.uk
Wenleysdale Creamery - Hawes
You must visit the world famous Wensleydale cheese makers, combining the lovely scenic route to the busy market town of Hawes before sampling some of the delicious creamy local cheeses enjoyed by Wallace& Grommit & a few thousand others, other attractions include museums & rope makers. www.wensleydale.co.uk
Middleham race horse tour
Guided tours of some of the many stables in the town, meet both the people & the horses involved in the Sport of Kings, all working & situated in Middleham itself