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 Good268
- smile4lisaManchester, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyWorth a visitTuesday, 10th April 2018Lovely place and close to the town (5min walk) The castle is very interesting and worth going into the visitor shop and sample some of their lovely gin ;) the lady there was approachable and keen to... Read full review
- Sue SliverpoolTrip Type:FamilyKilled an hourTuesday, 3rd April 2018Visited on a Sunday afternoon ... it killed an hour ...not lots to see but it is nice and views are beautiful from towers ECT. Lots of information ECT... £14 for 2 adults 1 child so not dear. Read full review
- sheepygoldlondonTrip Type:CouplesBoth the town and astle worth a visitThursday, 22nd March 2018I have been coming to this town for many years and can thoroughly recommend it for a couple of hours at least. It is a vibrant place with plenty of cafes, at least one great fish and chip shop and a... Read full review
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- Picnic Site
|Nov 2017-Mar 2019 (1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019)|
|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.