Barnard Castle

Local nameBarnard Castle
LocationDurham, England, UK

Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it was built. It is the main settlement in the Teesdale area, and is a popular tourist destination. The Bowes Museum has the best collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, housed in a magnificent 19th-century French-style chateau. Its most famous exhibit is the 18th-century Silver Swan automaton, though art includes work by Goya and El Greco.

Barnard Castle sits on the north bank of the River Tees, opposite Startforth and 21 miles south-west of the county town of Durham. Nearby towns include Bishop Auckland to the north-east, Darlington to the east and Richmond in North Yorkshire to the south-east.

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Opening hours

Mar 25 - Sep 30, 2016:
Daily: 10 am - 6 pm

Oct 2016:
Daily: 10 am - 5 pm

Nov 1, 2016 - Mar 31, 2017
Sat - Sun: 10 am - 4 pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

For holiday opening times, see the official website.


Adult: £5
Child (5-15 years): £3
Concession: £4.50
Family: £13

More information and contact


Official website

Phone +44 1833 638 212

Address Scar Top, Barnard Castle, Durham, DL12 8PR

Coordinates 54°33'10.279" N -1°55'11.289" E

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