Middleham Castle

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Middleham Castle
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Jangles_11
Otley, UK225 contributions
Pre-booking required in the current climate. An amazing castle to visit, steeped in royal history. Spent a good couple of hours walking around, taking photographs and checking out the locations based on the map and descriptions within the very reasonably priced (£4) guide book. A small, but perfectly formed gift shop contains some lovely memorabilia and is staffed by a very welcoming and knowledgeable lady. Very much enjoyed the visit.
Written July 11, 2021
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mMark
Disley, UK197 contributions
Family
English heritage site steeped in The War of the Roses history from the Nevils to Richard III

Entry by pre booked places only - currently

Castle is accessible through the old gate house and much of the castle can be traversed on one level. There is however staircase up to a viewing platform that would be no good for infirm or wheel chair visitors.

However the lower floors are accessible via a wooden ramp.

The sites has a number of info points (boards) around the grounds giving the visitor a fair understanding of the layout and history of the castle. The small shop also has a small exhibition with more history and Richard information.

Car parking (free) on road outside castle or in nearby cobbled square (the latter boasting some lovely views of Middleham.
Written August 18, 2020
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK6,165 contributions
As always we were impressed by how friendly and helpful the English Heritage staff always are. We probably would have thought the £7 entrance each to be a bit too pricey, but our entrance was included with our English Heritage Membership - which we have already got our money's worth out of 4 times over!

In March the castle is only open on weekends but from April it is open to the public every day.

Parking is in the nearby village centre, we were lucky and managed to get a space just a short 2 minute walk from the castle entrance. The only negative about visiting this castle is that there are no toilets (and also potentially the lack of parking on a busy day too I guess). Public toilets are located a short 5 minute walk away, according to the sign but we did not visit. Cost to use these is 20p.

There are only a couple of information boards but we enjoyed exploring amongst the ruins. Parts of the castle are very well preserved and you can walk up the spiral staircase to look down at the castle and out to the views, then walk back down via another wooden staircase.

There are activities/castle related toys for children to play with and a few picnic tables about the ruins. We managed to find a sheltered spot for a picnic in the sun on the outside of the castle wall, farthest from entrance. For some reason these grounds were very very windy! A fun way to spend an hour or so and to break up our journey home.
Written March 21, 2022
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stephenhillbradwell
Bradwell on Sea, UK13 contributions
Couples
Very professional and friendly lady at the entrance. The £7.50 entrance fee is in my opinion expensive, considering you also need to purchase a guide book due to their being little information around the castle.
The previous day we visited Bolton castle for the same ticket price, which included a basic information sheet with endless interesting information boards at every section of the visit, plus a falconry and archery display, beautiful gardens included in the price and a great little cafe.
Middleham castle is fine for what it is, but a £4.00 max entrance fee would be more appropriate.
Written August 14, 2021
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mand
Caistor, UK124 contributions
This was a lovely place in a very quaint Yorkshire Dales village. The castle is right in the heart of the village with a few car parking spaces right next to it. There seemed to be just the one lady who was in that day (August 12th) and she was great. Very friendly, approachable and informative. We are English Heritage members and our 12 year old daughter was very pleased to be able to add to her badges collection, all set out on the table when you entered.

More importantly, the castle, though not that big, is an intriguing place with lots to see and set in glorious countryside...we enjoyed climbing up the steps up to great views and seeing inside the kitchen and so on as well as spotting (and take photos next to!) a small monument of Richard III. We had our picnic inside the castle and together with a small but perfectly formed gift shop, the 1 and a half hours we spent there was lovely! The mini museum sneeked into the shop was a nice touch and we enjoyed listening to the lady tell us about the jewel! The coffee machine was great too!
Written August 28, 2020
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Roash
Beaconsfield, UK31 contributions
The visit could have been so much better. There was a distinct lack of maintenance - rotting wooden handrails, walkways etc.. It would also benefit from some more signs designating the different areas of the castle.
At present it can only be visited by appointment. We had booked for 11a.m. and were the only people there for most of the time. It appeared that even if someone else turned up without a booking they would not have been allowed in. This contrasts with the policy at Castle Bolton.
It is expensive for what it is - much more could have been made of the history e.g. family tree diagrams..
Written October 6, 2020
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Andrew H
Leamington Spa, UK1,169 contributions
With such an important place in history, Middleham Castle is somewhere I'd long wished to visit & was not disappointed. The ruins are substantial & most impressive. What is strange is how low key it all is considering its status. There is no English Heritage parking: you park in the picturesque town square which must be potentially a problem in peak seasons. There are also no lavatories which is strange for such a large site. Bizarrely there was only a single member of staff: most strange, though she was extremely helpful and pleasant. There is a small exhibition & good information signage throughout, telling Middleham's story. Generally the effect is more tasteful than some of English Heritage's more over commercialised properties, but it was still surprising to see such a light touch. The climb to the top of the keep gives a great view over the horse training town of Middleham & beyond. Well worth a visit.
Written September 11, 2021
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Linda F
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This wasn't a castle that was on my radar to visit, but I'm glad we discovered it. It feels quite imposing when in the grounds because the buildings are close together, unlike that of Richmond castle, which I had always wanted to visit (and did so later in the week). Great views from the top of the castle too.

There is no cafe (at the castle or in Middleham), toilets or parking on site. However, there are public toilets (20p) and a car park nearby (free), although I imagine on a busy day it might be hard to find parking. We visited through the week so it was quiet. The on-site shop does have a coffee machine so we were able to get a hot drink and there are pubs in the village.

The staff on site, Gill, was super friendly and helpful. She took time to explain things to us about the castle and local facilities. I would rate her as excellent. I have rated this as very good on the basis of lack of on-site facilities, but given there were some nearby, it didn't detract from our enjoyment.

It would have been helpful to have had more info boards about each room of the castle, but I guess that's why the guidebook is available to buy. There was a room inside the shop that gave some history, which was helpful. If you like castles, this is worth a visit.
Written May 15, 2022
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Liz Riley
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Couples
There are quite a few good ruins in the area (eg Bolton Castle, Jervaulx Abbey, Richmond Castle, Fountains Abbey) - but this is the best! Not so ruined as some and very atmospheric...you can imagine Richard III here (and there is a scarily realistic statue if him!)
Great views from the tower as well. Well worth a visit.
Written May 26, 2022
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aferry
New Orleans, LA196 contributions
Middleham Castle which is fewer than five minutes on foot from downtown Middleham. At the castle I bought an admission (maybe for a year) and a cup of coffee for £1.50.. I spent the next two or three hours climbing the walls and walking around the castle.

There are some ladders to help tourists climb the walls, but the castle is still a ruined castle.

Middleham was no castle of care for Richard. Here he was happy with his wife Anne and their very young son Edward who had his own apartment in the castle. For ten years this family lived there in peace after Bárnet and Tewkesbury.
Written June 27, 2022
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