Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle can be admired quite a distance away as you approach Middleham. Located close to the town square and minute walk from Middleham House, the Castle represents one of the town’s main historic legacies and attractions. Special events are organised during the summer months suitable for children and adults.

Middleham Castle was built around 1170 by Robert Fitzrandolph (grandson of Ribald) during the reign of Henry II when he built the keep and original bailey. The Castle became home to some of the most powerful lords of the 15th century including; Salisbury, Warwick and Richard, Duke of Gloucester and later King Richard III from where England was ruled.

After Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 Henry VII became king, and Middleham Castle became his. Under the Tudors the castle was left to fall into disrepair. Today, it is well kept by English Heritage and attracts many visitors.