Middleham Castle (English Heritage)
The childhood and favourite home of Richard III, Middleham Castle was a fortress of the mighty Neville family, Earls of Westmoreland and of Warwick. Around the massive 12th-century keep, they progressively constructed three ranges of luxurious chambers and lodgings, turning the castle into a fortified palace by the mid-15th century. Though roofless, many of these buildings survive, making Middleham a fascinating castle to explore. An exhibition about notable personalities from the castle's past includes a replica of the beautiful Middleham Jewel, a 15th-century pendant decorated with a large sapphire found near the castle.
Museum, Castle or defences
1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-6pm daily / 1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm Sat-Wed / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
- English Heritage