Culloden Tower
Folly Richmond North Yorkshire

Culloden Tower

Folly In Richmond, North Yorkshire

Folly in the heart of Richmond, now a beautiful holiday let.

Culloden Tower was built in 1746 on the estate of John Yorke MP, by architect Daniel Garrett. If you're an avid reader of Fabulous North, you'll know that Daniel Garrett was also the architect behind Rothley Castle and Gibside Banqueting House, and Culloden Tower has the same Gothic style.

Named after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, where the British crown decisively crushed the Jacobite rebellion, the tower served as a celebratory gesture by Yorke. Initially known as the Cumberland Temple after the victorious Duke of Cumberland, the name later changed to the more neutral Culloden Tower, perhaps reflecting a softening of sentiment over time.

The tower itself is a fascinating mix of architectural styles. Built on the foundations of an earlier pele tower, it displays classical influences in it's symmetrical design and use of columns. Inside you can spot Daniel Garrett's trademark style with beautiful, ornate plasterwork and spiral staircases. It's isolated location and lack of defensive features solidify its status as a decorative folly rather than a practical structure.

Yorke House was demolished in the 19th century, leaving the tower alone in the landscape. This led to neglect and vandalism, until the Landmark Trust stepped in and rescued the tower in 1981. Their restoration brought the tower back to life, preserving its historical significance and architectural beauty.

You can now stay at Culloden Tower and you can book online on the Landmark Trust website: Landmark Trust. The link also takes you to some pictures of the stunning interior and views from the roof terrace overlooking the surrounding countryside.

If you're staying in the Richmond area, you'll certainly find plenty of things to do. Not far from Culloden Tower is Richmond Castle, which is well worth a visit and you can spot the tower from the top.

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There's a car park at Yorke Square, where you will see the tower.

Contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

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