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Dating from the seventeenth century, the Richard III Hotel has been a warm and welcoming presence for locals and visitors alike, these past 300-odd years.

Located in the Marketplace, the hotel is in a superb position to visit the castle, wander among the local shops and artisans and enjoy the clip-clopping of the racing horses every morning. The hotel has six en-suite rooms available, including one that is reputed to be haunted!

The wood beamed ceilings testify to the age of the building and everywhere you can feel the presence of history.

Nearby attractions are Catterick , Ripon or Thirsk racecourses, the famous Forbidden Corner is only about 5 minutes drive and of course The Tour de France went right past our Door in 2014!

With views over the Dales and easy access to local towns and villages we are in a lovely place to spend a night or 3.

Ken and Sharon

Ken and I are local to the area and we both love Middleham and the magic it brings to people that stay here. We came from running a successful pub in Masham to The Richard The Third in 2013. We love making people feel welcome, relaxed and at home when they stay with us. Our love of horse racing is everywhere in the pub with pictures, photos and other horse racing bits and pieces . I was brought up just down the road at Cover Bridge where my parents were licensees so I guess it is in the blood for me from the age of 6…. Ken however had never pulled a pint before so when we decided to take our first pub it was all very new. Ken is an amazing landlord with his smiley face and laid back nature, he makes everyone feel at ease. We have since taken a different pub in Masham, The Bruce Arms which our daughter now runs with our friend. We hope to see you soon. Remember – Enter as Strangers and leave as Friends………..xxxx

About Middleham

There has been a settlement here since Roman times and Middleham is mentioned in the Domesday Book when its name was ‘Medelai’.

Situated in Wensleydale, nestling on the hillside between the River Cover and the River Ure just 2 miles from the busy little market town of Leyburn is Middleham with its magnificent castle ruins towering over clusters of old grey stone cottages, fine old Georgian and Victorian houses and its two cobbled market squares.

Middleham is noted for three famous features – King Richard the Third, the magnificent Castle with the largest keep in the north of England (Richard`s childhood home) and in more modern times its horse-racing industry.

Before the Norman Conquest the lands around Middleham were controlled by the Dane, Gilpatric but were given to William the Conqueror’s nephew, Alan Rufus in 1069. Rufus built a wooden motte-and-bailey castle above the town, the remnants of which can still be seen at William’s Hill. He also built the nearby castle at Richmond.

Middleham is famous not just for its history, but also for racing and as the location where the Middleham Jewel was found in 1985. The jewel is actually a gold pendant used as a charm against “falling sickness”, which we today know as epilepsy.

Racehorse training has been going on in Middleham for over 200 years, perhaps as a result of the Cistercian Monks’ breeding horses at nearby Jervaulx Abbey. Every year on Good Friday, there is a Racing Stables Open Day, where visitors can see behind the scenes of the horse racing community.

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