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
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good270
- Jojo550ManchesterTrip Type:CouplesDon’t botherFriday, 20th July 2018It costs money to see this, I took these pictures looking through the entrance and the walk around the castle. £5.60. It just looks like a load of piled up bricks. If your an historian it may... Read full review
- bateson46Trip Type:CouplesLovelyFriday, 20th July 2018What a great place to walk around. Something for everyone ie shops and historical places such as the castle and bowes museum. Well worth a visit!! Read full review
- jeffbarton2017Cambridge, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesVery Nice Market TownThursday, 19th July 2018There are lots of small shops and the Wednesday Market is a popular. The ruin castle is run by Historic England. If you walk around the outside on the path that takes you down to the river you can... Read full review
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- Picnic Site
|Nov 2017-Mar 2019 (1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019)|
|Monday - Friday||Closed|
|Saturday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24-25, 31 Dec, 1 Jan.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A1. In Barnard Castle town centre.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest rail station at Darlington.