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 Good303
- ljloo86Penrith, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesTranquilWednesday, 9th October 2019Beautiful castle, so much to see. Really step back in time here. Loved it. Amazing for all ages as the grounds are huge so plenty of room to play. Read full review
- John DNorthampton, United KingdomGreat place to spend a dayMonday, 14th October 2019This huge castle is 'hidden' when you are in the market place but the entrance is only a few steps away! Plenty to see in the castle grounds with some decent display boards. Wonderful views of the... Read full review
- japonica60UKCastle RuinsFriday, 18th October 2019Beautiful setting and a great place for children to run around on a fine day. Strategically built at the bend of the river it offers photo and walking opportunities. Not very child friendly - it... Read full review
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- Picnic Site
|2019 (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
|2018/2020 (1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)|
|Monday - Friday||Closed|
|Saturday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24-25, 31 Dec, 1 Jan. Times for 2019 to be announced.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A1. In Barnard Castle town centre.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest rail station at Darlington.