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 Good295
- marksw3960London, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWonderful Thriving Town With Castle BonusFriday, 7th June 2019It's not a great stretch to park for free in this thriving market town (prob more difficult id market is on?). A then a great place for a good old fashioned mooch, plenty of pubs and eateries, a fine... Read full review
- freespirityorkshireHowden, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesLoved itTuesday, 11th June 2019Very good castle to visit. I have to say we were very impressed as you can still go around some of the Chambers as well as climb to the highest tower. I would highly recommend to all four a good few... Read full review
- Michael BLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWell Worth a VisitWednesday, 12th June 2019We had the pleasure of visiting this fascinating castle earlier this week after first enjoying a picnic on the lawns overlooking the river close by. it is certainly worth a visit as it covers a large... Read full review
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- Picnic Site
|2019 (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
|2018/2020 (1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)|
|Monday - Friday||Closed|
|Saturday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24-25, 31 Dec, 1 Jan. Times for 2019 to be announced.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A1. In Barnard Castle town centre.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest rail station at Darlington.