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“Windswept but interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle
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St Bees, Cumbria
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44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Windswept but interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

We decided to visit on a day that was showery and windswept but this seemed to add to the atmosphere.

Do not expect full majestic buildings as most of the castle is now just walls and ruins. The masonry being nicked to build other places near by. It is still, however, a very interesting place and is dripping in history.

English heritage could do with replacing a few of the notice signs abound the place, as some of them have surcumbed to the elements.

If you have a buggy or a wheelchair access to some of the areas would be difficult if not impossible so that needs to be considered when taking a family trip to the castle. Unless, there is something major on this is not a full day trip and so should be combined with a day out to another attraction in the area.

Visited February 2014
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Co Durham
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88 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Don't be hungry at 4.30 on a weekday.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

Travelling back to Co Durham from Yorkshire dales and we decided we would stop in Barney for tea as we hadn't had any lunch. We walked round the whole town and found nowhere that was doing hot meals at 4/4.30pm. In this day and age that's bizarre. Anywhere else and you can normally find plenty of pubs doing food all day, not here. For an otherwise thriving market town we found this very strange. Don't get me wrong, I like Barney, but on this one issue it's back in the dark ages.

Visited September 2013
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Peaceful small town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

Barnie is a nice town. Lovely mixed architecture, some fun little shops, a nice castle ruin and a small market to explore. The river is beautiful, many nice walks start here.

Visited February 2014
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262 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Independent shops and a good base from which to explore.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

Barnard castle is a good centre from which to explore the beautiful area of teesdale. It has many lovely independent shops in addition to a centrally located supermarket and a petrol station at the darlington road end of town. The Bowes museum and gardens are beautiful and there is plenty to do even on a rainy day.

Visited December 2013
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Wales, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Pre Christmas break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

First trip here and will be back. Barnard Castle is really pretty, almost Cotswoldly looking small town. It's got lots of local independent shops to mooch around in, the Bowes Museum is fabulous and by the looks of it lots of lovely countryside and other places to visit. We only managed the town and museum on our short trip. The weather wasn't too good to explore much further.

Visited December 2013
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