Barnard Castle
Barnard Castle
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Set on a high rock above the River Tees, Barnard Castle takes its name from its 12th century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was later developed by the Beauchamp family and then passed into the hands of Richard III. With fantastic views over the Tees Gorge this fortress sits on the fringe of an attractive working market town also known as ‘Barney’ so there is plenty to do for families on a day out. Try and spot Richard's boar emblem carved above a window in the inner ward or play on our extensive lawns planted with sapling fruit trees.
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  • Norman D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Barnard Castle: A real, must visit gem!
    Confessing to never having been to Durham County, despite having lived, worked and visited nearby counties, it was an eye-catching holiday property that directed my wife and Ito Barnard Castle. Approaching the town without a glimpse of the historic castle is difficult, occupying, as it does, a prominent high spot in the town. We chose the town for what seemed like a bustling centre, with almost all local or regional shops, not packed out with big national chains and brands..not overkill on charity shops either! The town has a truly lovely and relaxed atmosphere and a wealth of free, on-street parking, making it a rare treat, compared to the majority of other tourist spots. The locals are remarkably open and friendly, happy to say hello and pass the time of day. With a marvellous array of housing types throughout the town and outskirts, everywhere looks inviting. Nearby, of course, apart from the Castle, cared for by English Heritage, is the stunning, Bowes Museum and with the Tees River flowing through, below the town, there are so many things to see and enjoy. We did use the town as a base to visit other Durham County offerings, like The Vales, High Force waterfalls, the stunning Durham City itself, with breathtaking Cathedral and Castle for starters. But we also really enjoyed Stanhope, Middleton in Teesdale, Staindrop and more. Not too far away, should the urge take you, towards the wonderful heritage coast, is an impressive out of town shopping outlet at Dalton Park, purportedly the biggest in the north east. Even a poor shopper like me, enjoyed a quick whizz around it, after being able to walk the pooch in 20 + acres of grounds. Back to Barnard Castle...it really is a superb spot to relax, unwind, shop without stress and enjoy everything a holiday destination without a beach should be. The tourism folk are happy to assist those planning a trip, so, look it up, get some information, check out Sykes Holiday Cottages, amongst other sites and book your break there. In my opinion, you cannot fail to have a thoroughly pleasant time in such a giving town..
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Lisa T
    Grimsby, United Kingdom499 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely large castle with great views
    Lovely castle which is surprisingly large. It gives great views to the surrounding countryside and over the bridge. It's nice to be able to go to the top of the round tower. We had a close encounter with the local residents too, enjoyed our visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Chrissy_IOM
    Douglas, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Say hello to “Highriggs”
    The highlight of our weekend in Barnard Castle was taking a trip to see the must do tourist attraction of saying “Highriggs”. Our guide Trev took us there and it was a magical experience, especially during Halloween. Folk law says it is bad luck not to say hello to Riggs.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Liz H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to while away a couple of hours - or more!
    We love this little town!! It's like going back in time. Don't expect any upmarket shops but there is a Fat Face (and a few better known discounty type stores) but the rest are mainly independent shops. Everything from butchers to antique shops and whatever comes in-between. Lots of cafes, pubs and a great artisan bread store. Nice Farmers Market once a month. Lots of on street parking but also a massive car park at the bottom of the hill (turn left onto a street.) The architecture is fabulous. So many different buildings. It is fascinating! The castle is worth a visit if you are into such things and don't forget to visit Bowes Museum. It is walkable from the town. Well worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Heyits_amy
    Guildford, United Kingdom28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see when you visit Barnard Castle town
    Beautiful location and interesting landmark. The English Heritage staff member was incredibly helpful and lovely. It was tipping it down when we went and there’s not much indoors as it’s mostly a ruin. We still had a lovely time but got very wet - would recommend checking the weather forecast before you go! Dog friendly, which is highly important for us. Would recommend a visit. You’d spend about an hour here and get everything out of it.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 March 2024
  • lexilooloobelles
    Rickmansworth, United Kingdom289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit on a dry day
    Loved it here. From the very warm greeting by the English Heritage staff to running around the ruins with the dog and family, rabbit spotting etc. Have to make a joke about not getting eyesight tested , we didn't. Really lovely place to visit and learn about the history of the castle though.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2024
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Felixstowe2016
Felixstowe, UK5,014 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great little town with its own ruined castle and a long high street full of little cafes.
Barnard Castle Market Cross is an octagonal construction in the market town of Barnard Castle, It was built in 1747 by Thomas Breaks
Written 12 October 2023
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK5,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Gorgeous weather on Monday so we walked the perimeter of the castle from the church down to the river, was beautiful & very scenic, didn’t go inside as not a fan of paying fees but saw enough from the outside.

You can park most areas of Barny for 2 hours with certain kerb side parking that is unrestricted so ample time to wander around, such a lovely place to visit, very friendly people.
Written 9 October 2023
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Deb R
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Avoid parking I. Queen St car park if you have a dog with you as there is a very obnoxious man who lives at one end, house with a green gate. He takes photos of people getting their dogs out of cars, takes photos of the car and is abusive. We are responsible dog owners with a well behaved dog. Horrible ‘welcome’ to Barnatd Castle town
Written 3 September 2023
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Hillary S
Wigan, UK225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Although originally purchased by the Vane family along with Raby Castle this has passed to English Heritage who have maintained the grounds to allow visitors an interesting walk around the ruins. There are two bridges within the grounds to cross over from the outer and inner ruins, one of which gives an amazing aerial view of the bridge crossing the River Wear.
Written 6 August 2023
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Lisa T
Grimsby, UK499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Lovely castle which is surprisingly large. It gives great views to the surrounding countryside and over the bridge. It's nice to be able to go to the top of the round tower. We had a close encounter with the local residents too, enjoyed our visit.
Written 30 July 2023
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Outer walls enclose a large area, mostly green open space with in one corner the principle buildings, the keep and other ruins dotted around. The large area overall gave the impression of not a lot to retain the interest for too long although there is a large area to raom. As one outer wall is built on top of the steep cliff on one side you might get a panoramic view of the castle from the river bridge below. We decided it was too far of a walk down the road outside.
Written 3 June 2023
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Norman D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Confessing to never having been to Durham County, despite having lived, worked and visited nearby counties, it was an eye-catching holiday property that directed my wife and Ito Barnard Castle. Approaching the town without a glimpse of the historic castle is difficult, occupying, as it does, a prominent high spot in the town. We chose the town for what seemed like a bustling centre, with almost all local or regional shops, not packed out with big national chains and brands..not overkill on charity shops either! The town has a truly lovely and relaxed atmosphere and a wealth of free, on-street parking, making it a rare treat, compared to the majority of other tourist spots. The locals are remarkably open and friendly, happy to say hello and pass the time of day. With a marvellous array of housing types throughout the town and outskirts, everywhere looks inviting. Nearby, of course, apart from the Castle, cared for by English Heritage, is the stunning, Bowes Museum and with the Tees River flowing through, below the town, there are so many things to see and enjoy. We did use the town as a base to visit other Durham County offerings, like The Vales, High Force waterfalls, the stunning Durham City itself, with breathtaking Cathedral and Castle for starters. But we also really enjoyed Stanhope, Middleton in Teesdale, Staindrop and more. Not too far away, should the urge take you, towards the wonderful heritage coast, is an impressive out of town shopping outlet at Dalton Park, purportedly the biggest in the north east. Even a poor shopper like me, enjoyed a quick whizz around it, after being able to walk the pooch in 20 + acres of grounds. Back to Barnard Castle...it really is a superb spot to relax, unwind, shop without stress and enjoy everything a holiday destination without a beach should be. The tourism folk are happy to assist those planning a trip, so, look it up, get some information, check out Sykes Holiday Cottages, amongst other sites and book your break there. In my opinion, you cannot fail to have a thoroughly pleasant time in such a giving town..
Written 13 May 2023
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PeterReigate
Otley, UK424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The site is much bigger than expected. Like many Eng;ish Heritage sites the is no adjacent parking. However it is a lovely experience. Views over the adjoining countryside are wonderful. Signage around the site is quite informative. Quite easy walking. An in depth visit you need to allow 2 hours.
Suggest parking as close as possible tp the Methodist Church in the town.
Written 9 May 2023
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calvolass
United Kingdom77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Plenty of shops cafe and a good atmosphere easy to walk around parking can be a problem especially market day ( Wednesday ) but we’ll worth a visit
Written 16 April 2023
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Ruthadie09
Newton Aycliffe, UK46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
First time I’ve been round an English heritage site. For £60 I got the yearly pass for me and 6 kids (I have 1). You can access the castle from the town centre, and most of the short stay parking is free (2 hours) we went the long way round and walked down the hill and back up ground the castle, if we had gone the other way it would have been no steep hills,

I went with my 6 year old on a fairly windy but sunny day, and we loved it, it’s not a huge castle, probably only take about an hour to go round, but for our first trip out we enjoyed it, plenty of space for kids to run about, beautiful views over the valley, and space to have a sit down and enjoy the views. They do have some small plaques dotted about telling you about which part of the castle is which.

It doesn’t have a cafe on site, but does have a small gift shop. Not sure if they sold hot drinks, but would have been nice to sit and enjoy the view with a warm drink. But easy access to the many coffee shops in town. It doesn’t have a play area on site, but their is a very small public park (ages up to about 8) just outside the door.

It would have been nice for some Easter activities/extra bits for the kids to have been on, during the school holidays

I think full price was about £7.50 for an adult and about £4 for a child, it’s probably reasonable; but it is a very small castle, it’s not a full day thing, but for an hour walk round we enjoyed it.
Written 11 April 2023
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