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Barnard Castle

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I’d consider myself a frequent visitor to the area & would recommend a walk to the ruins, if you’re... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Durham, United Kingdom
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Visited the Castle and walked around the ruins and grounds, it was a wet and windy day during our... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2018
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All reviews english heritage lovely town sensory garden market town richard iii information boards round tower charity shops worth a visit overlooking the river high street guide book surrounding countryside interesting history plenty of places to eat entrance fee couple of hours
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited the castle ruins with my partner, and they were amazing. Beautiful site with lots to see, and with information displays at every point of interest it makes the visit very memorable. The views of the river and surounding area, from various points in the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is why I love the UK. It’s full of little pockets of history! The town of Barnard Castle itself is amazing, and the castle ruins are just incredible. There isn’t much left but when you consider it’s age, it’s amazing! It a self guided...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’d consider myself a frequent visitor to the area & would recommend a walk to the ruins, if you’re coming from the A66 you can’t miss them as you approach the bridge, not a lot to see now as they’re crumbling ruins but impressive they’re...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is much more to see than you think and it's well worth a visit. One of the largest castles in the North of England. Little shop with hot drinks on site too.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

We love the castle visiting two or three times a year. Whilst it’s not huge it’s enclosed and there is plenty of open space for children to run around . Whilst facilities are limited it’s location in the centre of town means you are not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 13 December 2018

Visited the Castle and walked around the ruins and grounds, it was a wet and windy day during our visit. But we enjoyed our visit. Also liked Bernard Castle main high street and shops.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

Located just behind the main shopping street, the castle site is large. However, there isn't much to see as most of the castle has gone and there are only small sections of remains left. I don't know why they charge to visit as its possible...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 2010mustang
Reviewed 4 November 2018

From the town centre will followed the path to the riverside as directed by one of the many map info boards. It's a lovely vista, looking back and up at the castle monument. We liked the info boards that told us all about the river...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank machinmad
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

As the owners of nearby Raby castle took a lot of the stone from here after the place became unused a long time ago, it’s not got a lot left to see. Using the guidebook to read about the history of the area and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cozg
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

Lots of it left and it was great to see how it was altered over time - some of the information boards really help you envisage what it looked like in different periods. You can walk around the ditch and the children I saw there...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Neil103 | Reviewed this property |
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Response from pad4535 | Reviewed this property |
I would say a large part of the castle is accessible provided you are happy to go across grass, i.e. There isn't paths everywhere. The only bit you would completely miss are the views from inside the tower. There was quite a... More