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.
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|Adult (including gift aid)
|£7.50 per ticket type
|Child (5-17 years) (including gift aid)
|£4.00 per ticket type
|Concession (including gift aid)
|£6.50 per ticket type
|Family 1 adult, 3 children (including gift aid)
|£11.50 per ticket type
|Family 2 adults 3 children (including gift aid)
|£19.00 per ticket type
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- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2022 2022
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good331
- Matthew HSpecsavers worth a visitTuesday, 2nd January 2024Good for an eye test but not much else. If Dominic cummingshad not recommended it I doubt iwould of made the effort but it was OK. Read full review
- AlisoncritchleyTrip Type:CouplesDog friendly and lots of history!Sunday, 28th January 2024A fabulous castle to visit, so much history and beautifully maintained! Very dog friendly which is great and well worth a visit! Read full review
- OfftheirPManchester, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesCheck it's open!Wednesday, 28th February 2024This is a lovely town and we were keen to explore it and did end up having a good time there. Unfortunately, the castle is closed over the winter so you have to put up with viewing it from the road... Read full review
- Picnic Site
Parking & Transport
- Car Parking Offsite - No car parking available at the site. Nearest parking (not managed by English Heritage) is located in the town itself. There is some 2 hours-free parking in the town, as well as pay-and-display parking in the central car parks. The nearest about 500 metres away.
- Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads are welcome, as are assistance dogs.
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
Travel & Trade
- Group discounts available
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