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) £5.40, children (excluding gift aid) £3.20, Concessions (excluding gift aid) £4.90, Family (excluding gift aid) £14.
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good262
- Robert HBourne, LincolnshireTrip Type:Solo travelAstonishingSunday, 15th October 2017Well hidden away, this is the largest medieval castle site yuou will have visited by a long chalk, and you can't understand the shape of the town until you have understood the castle. This may well... Read full review
- klottsLondonTrip Type:CouplesInteresting visit that doesn't cost the earthThursday, 12th October 2017Tidy castle ruins that have good visitor information boards around the site. A pleasant place to look around that neither costs too much nor takes too long to visit. Learnt some interesting facts... Read full review
- EirewolfGuelph, CanadaTrip Type:Solo travelFun to exploreTuesday, 10th October 2017I had a great deal of fun exploring this castle. It's well worth a visit. Great views, very peaceful. Very nice place to take your time and soak in some history. Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Picnic Site
|2017 Autumn (1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Nov 2017-Mar 2018 (1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018)|
|Monday - Friday||Closed|
|Saturday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
* 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.