Richmond is a market town and civil parish on the River Swale in North Yorkshire, England and is the administrative centre of the district of Richmondshire. Historically in the North Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and serves as the park's main tourist centre. It is the most duplicated UK placename, with 57 occurrences worldwide.
The Rough Guide describes the entire town as 'an absolute gem'. Betty James wrote that "without any doubt Richmond is the most romantic place in the whole of the North East [of England]". Richmond was named UK town of the year for 2009.
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, built in 1788, is the UK's most complete 18th century theatre.
It was made a municipal borough in 1835.