Richmond is east of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and makes a good gateway for the northern area. One of the main attractions of Richmond is the ruins of Richmond Castle, built in 1070 and one of the first castles in England since Roman times to be built of stone. The best part of the visit is the view from the top of the well preserved 30 meter high tower, where you can look down on the market place and the surrounding hills. The Richmondshire Museum is a hidden gem with very information exhibits on local history and lead mining which changed the landscape here. The area around Richmond is a favorite among walkers and hikers, and you can follow paths along the River Swale, upstream and downstream of town. A highly recommended route is to take the bus from Richmond to Reeth and then walk back, and you can get more information on this path from the tourist office. Cyclists can also take a 33 mile trail from Richmond to Kirkby Stephen that is rewarding with the beautiful views along the way.