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)||£7.60 per ticket type|
|Child (5-17 years) (including gift aid)||£4.60 per ticket type|
|Concession (including gift aid)||£6.90 per ticket type|
|Family 1 adult, 3 children (including gift aid)||£12.20 per ticket type|
|Family 2 adults 3 children (including gift aid)||£19.80 per ticket type|
Please book in advance - https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/barnard-castle/
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2021
- Very Good321
- Brian WKinross, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesClosed monday/Tuesdays.Tuesday, 28th September 2021Castle closed for 'operational reasons'. No other explanations given. Wandered around outside grounds - very pleasant. Would have liked to have seen inside but but closed while we were there. Read full review
- kazMaidstoneMaidstoneWell worth a visit. Parking can be a bit of a painFriday, 1st October 2021What is left of the castle is well preserved and the information boards around the place are very useful. Well worth a visit. Read full review
- Steve-and-AndieLancaster, United KingdomRuined castleThursday, 14th October 2021You don't need your eyes tested to how lovely and peaceful this ruined castle is. Well maintained 12th century ruined castle with loads of information boards. Good views over the river Tees. Parking... Read full review
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- Picnic Site
|April 2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* Please book in advance - https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/barnard-castle/
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A1. In Barnard Castle town centre.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest rail station at Darlington.