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 Good289
- WillStaffordshireStaffordshireTrip Type:CouplesGood viewsFriday, 12th April 2019Although mainly "ruins" this is an interesting site with good information boards to guide you around and make sense of it all. Read full review
- HOWARD CEngland, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesENJOYABLE ON A NICE DAY, JUST TO SOAK UP THE ATMOSPHERESaturday, 13th April 2019Drive down the main street past the shops on either side with the Butter Cross behind you. Where the road bends around to the right, look for the Church on the left hand side of the street before... Read full review
- AyBee71Northampton, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesQuick VisitThursday, 18th April 2019A lovely well presented site with good information boards. We did not spend long there but this is the benefit of being an English Heritage member, you can pop in for a walk in the sunshine and not... 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.