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
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good304
- Rafal WLeeds, United KingdomRemains of medieval castle.Sunday, 17th November 2019Barnard Castle in County Durham has perched on a rock above the River Tees, commanding the point where old Roman road between Bowes and Binchester, forded the river. Like in case of many other... Read full review
- Louise JMatlock, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGreat place to let kids run off steamSunday, 15th December 2019It's an interesting old ruin in a very pleasant town. Views of the river are pleasant. If you have children with plenty of energy who'd enjoy pretending to be knights in shining armour, let them... Read full review
- JamiePayne1970Todmorden, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesBeing shown the wifes old hauntsWednesday, 8th January 2020From the friendly greeting and the freezing cold walk round, was January after all, the ruins are an outstanding History lesson. Would definitely visit again in Warmer weather. Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Picnic Site
|Season (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)|
|Monday - Friday||Closed|
|Saturday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|April 2020 (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24-25, 31 Dec, 1 Jan. Times for 2020 to be announced.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A1. In Barnard Castle town centre.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest rail station at Darlington.