Owned by the English Heritage, Middleham Castle is one of the most popular days out in Yorkshire. Once home to the infamous Richard III, the castle is home to more secrets than you can shake a stick at, and there’s an exhibition inside that brings the castle’s biggest characters to life.
Now although much of the castle survives it doesn’t have a roof, but if you’ve got a sense of adventure love to just stand and imagine days gone by then it’s a fascinating attraction for all ages. There’s a viewing platform that makes the perfect spot to pause and take in the views of Wensleydale in the distance, and look out for the breathtaking replica of the Middleham Jewel – it dates right back to the 15th century.
There’s only one thing that completes a day out at an English castle, and that’s a picnic. Picnics are more than welcome in the grounds, so if you’re lucky with the weather you can dine alfresco right in front of the ruins. Dogs are welcome throughout the grounds of the castle but they must remain on their leads. There’s no car park at this attraction, but there is a free one close to it.