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
- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good310
- DaveWM43Greater Manchester, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesA good way to spend an hourTuesday, 8th September 2020Barnard Castle is a large ruined castle looked after by English Heritage. Pre booked a visa as staying in the town, friendly welcome and spacious inside so social distancing is easy, it is in the... Read full review
- sheepygoldlondonTrip Type:CouplesWell worth a visitSunday, 13th September 2020This castle dates to Norman times but was developed up to the 14th century. It is unexpectedly large and has plenty of ruins to explore and lovely views over the river. The information boards are... Read full review
- YorkshirePixie1995Trip Type:FamilyFantastic to visit especially for history nerdsFriday, 18th September 2020We had a fantastic visit the signs around the castle are really informative and I throughly enjoyed reading these the large open spaces meant my daughter could run about without getting close to... Read full review
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- Picnic Site
|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.