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 Good307
- MillbrookFoodExpertMillbrook, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyShould've gone to Barnard CastleThursday, 25th June 2020Great place to drive for an eye test especially if you have a 10 year old in the back of the car. Don't worry the law doesn't apply here either! Read full review
- C9917FFianfTelford, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyThumbs up from LeicesterTuesday, 30th June 2020Went today with all my family from Leicester was beautiful and a welcome break from the mundane lockdown normal Read full review
- S5406XQlukerTrip Type:FamilyBANARD CASTLE!Thursday, 2nd July 2020When to get my eyes tested after driving 200 miles from my London home in my Land Rover discovery sport. Lovely day, Peace out 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.