The 12th Century Castle, perched on rock high above the River Tees in the centre of the vibrant market town of Barnard Castle, is managed by English Heritage and is tucked away behind the main shopping street.


There are plenty of rooms and buildings to explore on the site, not forgetting the carved stone boar above the window in the inner ward.  This was the emblem of King Richard III who was once owner of the castle. 

Explore the castle, the extensive grounds together with a sensory garden and marvel at the extensive views over the river that have inspired many world renowned artists including JMW Turner.

The wide open spaces make the castle a great trip for families with children.

The town of Barnard Castle is home to the Bowes Museum and it's internationally significant collection of treasures and art. The museum has an ever changing programme of exhibitions, family activities and artist led workshops.

Visit The Bowes Museum website to find out more.

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