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Barnard Castle

Popular Durham Dales gateway Barnard Castle is a delightful heritage market town, with dramatic castle remains alongside the River Tees, a scene famously captured by the painter JMW Turner. The landscape Turner painted remains much the same today, with riverside walks running direct from the town centre so you can admire the view for yourself.

Barnard Castle's pretty high street is lined with local village shops, craft markets, charming cafes, tearooms and fine inns serving up locally sourced home-cooked food and delicious local real ales. Old medieval churches add to the picturesque scene of the town centre which makes the perfect gateway holiday base for walking and touring Teesdale, home to delights like the High Force Waterfalls walkand the Victorian Eggleston Hall & Gardens.

Choose from a selection of historic romantic cottages in Barnard Castle and neighbouring Bowes village, all offering easy access to the acclaimed Bowes Museum. One of the North East's best art galleries, the Bowes Museum is home to a selection of art and craft treasures including artwork by Canaletto, El Greco, Goya and Reynolds, and unforgettable craft gems like The Silver Swan, all housed in an architecturally dazzling French Chateau mansion.

Head out on a tour of heritage sites around Barnard Castle, including magnificent medieval Raby Castle, constructed by the powerful Nevill family.  A host of attractions at Raby Castle guarantee a fun day out for all the family, including the ornamental walled gardens, a shop and tearooms, the 200 acre deer park and a tour of the breathtaking medieval, Regency and Victorian interiors. Base yourself in a Barnard Castle cottage to be close to all these attractions, and within easy reach of the Durham Dales and Yorkshire Dales. Book online with Iknow.

Accommodation in Barnard Castle

  • Evenwood, nr. Bishop Auckland   (8.0 miles from the centre of Barnard Castle)
    Sleeps 6
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    This semi-detached holiday home, accessed by an unmade road, is situated in Evenwood, a former coal mining village, and makes a good base for walkers and cyclists. Take a trip t...
  • East Layton   (7.3 miles from the centre of Barnard Castle)
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    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
    Delightful family friendly 18thC Mill Cottage in North Yorkshire, near East Layton & Richmond, with open access to an enclosed field. Parking, 2 dogs welcome & a fitted kitchen.
  • Romaldkirk, nr. Barnard Castle   (5.2 miles from the centre of Barnard Castle)
    Sleeps 2
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    South View Mews is a delightful small barn conversion in the heart of Teesdale’s rolling countryside, the location of TV’s More Creatures Great and Small. Set in the delightful ...