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 Good287
- SharonJT67Durham, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayFrequent visitorSunday, 27th January 2019I’d consider myself a frequent visitor to the area & would recommend a walk to the ruins, if you’re coming from the A66 you can’t miss them as you approach the bridge, not a lot to see now as they’re... Read full review
- meghangwDubai, United Arab EmiratesTrip Type:CouplesA great history lesson!Friday, 8th February 2019This is why I love the UK. It’s full of little pockets of history! The town of Barnard Castle itself is amazing, and the castle ruins are just incredible. There isn’t much left but when you consider... Read full review
- Jordan PTrip Type:CouplesGreat views and very InformativeSunday, 17th February 2019Visited the castle ruins with my partner, and they were amazing. Beautiful site with lots to see, and with information displays at every point of interest it makes the visit very memorable. The... Read full review
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- Picnic Site
|2018/2019 (1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019)|
|Monday - Friday||Closed|
|Saturday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|2019 (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* 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.