A spectacular fortress set on a high rock above the market town, Barnard Castle takes you back to the 12th century. Spot Richard III’s boar emblem carving, enjoy the sensory garden and stunning views of this riverside location.
Ruined castle overlooking the River Tees. Remains include 14thC great hall, 3-storey keep and circular round tower which inspired Sir Walter Scott (Rokeby).
Set on a high rock above the River Tees, imposing Barnard Castle was the stronghold of the Balliol family. Taking its name from Bernard de Balliol, who rebuilt it in the 12thC, it includes a fine great hall and a dominating round-towered keep.
Unsuccessfully besieged by the Scots in 1216, it was confiscated when John de Balliol, briefly King of Scotland, was deposed by Edward I. It last saw action during the Northern Rising against Queen Elizabeth in 1569, surrendering to 5,000 rebels, and was partly dismantled in 1630 to furnish materials for Sir Henry Vane's new Raby Castle.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult (including gift aid)||£5.60 per ticket type|
|Child (5-15 years) (including gift aid)||£3.40 per ticket type|
|Concession (including gift aid)||£5.00 per ticket type|
|Family (including gift aid)||£14.60 per ticket type|
Free admission for English Heritage members. Adults (excluding gift aid) £5, children (excluding gift aid) £3, Concessions (excluding gift aid) £4.50, Family (excluding gift aid) £13.
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good237
- Amanda MMelbourneTrip Type:Friends getawayCharming town and the castle is worth a visit.Monday, 17th July 2017Barnard Castle is a charming, small town, with tall old houses clustering the streets and a ruinous castle hiding behind. There are great views from the castle, which guards the River Tees and we... Read full review
- olibotDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelThe hustle & bustle....Monday, 17th July 2017Barnard Castle is a great little town to have a wander around and browse the increasing number of lovely little independent shops. Read full review
- Martin BTrip Type:CouplesGreat for a wanderSunday, 16th July 2017A great little market town with good shops, Antiques, cafes, pubs, a massive art museum, castle, rundown abbey Middle of nowhere it might be but it's certainly in the map We really enjoyed are... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Picnic Site
|2017 Summer (25 Mar 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 18:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 18:00|
|2017 Autumn (1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 17:00|
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24-25, 31 Dec, 1 Jan.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A1. In Barnard Castle town centre.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest rail station at Darlington.