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)||£6.00 per ticket type|
|Child (5-15 years) (including gift aid)||£3.60 per ticket type|
|Concession (including gift aid)||£5.40 per ticket type|
|Family (including gift aid)||£15.60 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 Good264
- Lynne OTrip Type:CouplesDay outMonday, 22nd January 2018Never been here before A great town to walk round lots of lovely shops/coffee shops even though it was cold & sleety it was a great day never got to do the castle to busy shopping. Read full review
- onlooker1cambridgeTrip Type:Friends getawayExtensive collectioMonday, 15th January 2018A wonderful collection linked carefully to its collectors. The silver swan is beautiful, so try to visit when it is working at 2pm. The front desk staff are friendly and very knowledgable so do ask... Read full review
- Kate BTrip Type:Familyamazing!!!Sunday, 14th January 2018Fantastic place to spent an hour or two. Aim for good weather. Beautiful view from towers. History all around!!! Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Picnic Site
|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.