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:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good311
- JeroenSpeakSauve, FranceNot as good as SpecsaversSaturday, 19th December 2020Me and the wife visited here back in April during the first lockdown to test my eyesight. We heard that it was a good facility for testing eyesight, but I was a little disappointed with both the... Read full review
- Draculas_Bride666Rothwell, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesAmazing viewsTuesday, 22nd December 2020This is another castle onto our list of English Heritage sites and we were not disappointed. There are some amazing views over the town and the castle itself is very informative and there's lots to... Read full review
- Cheekycockney190757Basildon, United KingdomNot worth driving to see, even to test your eyesightSaturday, 9th January 2021Visited on Thursday 29th October 2020 as part of our North Yorkshire/Lake District Holiday. Day 6 Last day, on route home we stop off at the infamous Barnard Castle, not just a castle but also a... Read full review
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- Picnic Site
|April 2021 (1 Apr 2020 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* 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.