Flora, Fauna and a Fortress

Flora Fauna and a Fortress

Flora, Fauna and a Fortress

The “Rose of Raby” sets the scene. This particular “rose”, Cecily Neville, Duchess of York was born at Raby Castle in 1415 and became the mother of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III and so assured Raby’s place in national history. More recently, ITV’s historic royal drama “Victoria” was filmed in the castle’s deer park with the dining room and entrance hall used for interior scenes.

With its fortress-like exterior and stately home interior, privately owned Raby Castle is a two-in-one experience. State room splendour contrasts vividly with the simplicity of a servant’s bedroom and the austerity of the servants’
hall. A real “upstairs downstairs” experience. The grand castle is surrounded by a lush 200-acre deer park, where groups can follow walking trails overflowing with stunning scenery and wildlife, including the resident herds of red and fallow deer and Longhorn Cattle.  
Please note the castle’s Walled Gardens are currently closed, due to re-open summer 2023 as part of the exciting Rising developments. 

Medieval Crook Hall Gardens in Durham City also provides a tranquil oasis in Durham City. A 13th century manor house is surrounded by quintessentially English themed gardens including the Cathedral Garden, maze and hidden spaces that lie within the Secret Walled Garden.

Gardening groups and green-fingered visitors will enjoy Durham University’s Botanic Garden, where winding footpaths lead through the flora of such far-flung places as Japan, Australia and North America. Head to the glasshouses to discover weird and wonderful plants from a tropical rainforest to desert cacti whilst “Art in the Garden” adds an extra visual aspect.

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Tour suggestions…

Half day:
Raby Castle and Deer Park

Full day:
Raby Castle and Deer Park plus Durham
University’s Botanic Garden

Hotel suggestions…

Durham University Accommodation
Hardwick Hall Hotel

Useful information…

Coach travelling time:
Raby Castle to Durham City - 45 minutes

Raby Castle DL2 3AH
Durham University’s
Botanic Garden DH1 3TN
Durham University
Accommodation DH1 3LE
Hardwick Hall Hotel TS21 2EH

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