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Barnard Castle

Set on a high rock above the River Tees, Barnard Castle takes its name from its 12th century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was later developed by the Beauchamp family and then passed into the hands of Richard III.

With fantastic views over the Tees Gorge this fortress sits on the fringe of an attractive working market town also known as ‘Barney’ so there is plenty to do for families on a day out. Try and spot Richard's boar emblem carved above a window in the inner ward or visit the 'sensory garden' of scented plants and tactile objects.


Scar Top, Barnard Castle, Durham - DL12 8PR


No car parking available at the site. Nearest parking (not managed by English Heritage) is located in the town itself. There is some 2 hours-free parking in the town, as well as pay-and-display parking in the central car parks. The nearest about 500 metres away.

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Bus Access:

Arriva 8, 75/6, 95, 96, Classic service 352. Hodgsons/Central 72,Alston Road 73

Road Access:

In Barnard Castle town

Bicycle Access:

Find this site on the National Cycle Network

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