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Britain is famed worldwide for its quaint villages and towns, local pubs, market days, and independent high streets; and Barnard Castle is unparalleled for these typically British things. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway to enjoy this Winter or an educational family trip to take in Summer, Barnard Castle has something for everyone to enjoy.

Getting to Barnard Castle

Situated in County Durham in the North of England, Barnard Castle is a beautiful town placed between Durham station and Darlington station, both served by CrossCountry trains.

  • Darlington: At a short distance of 16 miles from Barnard Castle, and servicing CrossCountry routes from all corners of the UK, you can easily reach Darlington from locations including Bodmin, York, Southampton, Oxford, and Aberdeen. For a direct route followed by a swift connecting journey, hop on a train to Darlington
  • Durham: Situated 25 miles away from Barnard Castle and similarly servicing routes to a whole host of UK towns and cities, Durham is a special destination in itself. Why not treat yourself to lunch in Durham on your way to Barnard Castle?

About Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle is a historic market town in Teesdale, in the North of England. The town grew out of the 12th century castle around which it is based; and has become a beautiful destination for couples, friends, and families to visit on UK holidays. Thanks to the quintessentially English scenery and the plethora of boutique shops, independent cafes, and of course the market, thousands of visitors each year flock to Barnard Castle for a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend away.

Barnard Castle is (you won’t be surprised to learn) named after a castle in the centre of the town, which offers the town a uniquely historic feeling. The castle is an English Heritage property and is a perfect day out for families to learn a little bit more about our nation’s history - including knights, bows and arrows, royalty, battles, and more!

As well as the town and the castle itself, Barnard Castle boasts stunning natural features around the River Tees. With peaceful walks in nature on offer as well as a cream tea or a refreshing pint at the end of it - why not book your weekend away in Barnard Castle?

Things To Do in Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle is primarily famed for its namesake - Barnard Castle! The castle itself is set on a high rock above the River Tees, so casts a powerful impression on the surrounding area. The castle was built in the 12th century by Bernard de Balliol and has a complex history following that. It even belonged to Richard III at one point, and his crests and legacy can be witnessed throughout the heritage site. Now a thriving museum with plenty of educational opportunities, this is an ideal place to visit for families and adult visitors alike - there is something to educate and impress anybody!

The other main attraction of this quaint little town is the bustling market and high street. Barnard Castle is a veritable haven for shoppers looking for that special little something for their home, as a gift for a friend, or to complete any kind of collection. The boutique shops sell everything from antique furniture and vinyl records to one-of-a-kind fashion pieces and luxury snacks to enjoy.

A day visit or weekend away in Barnard Castle is a special thing - with plenty of shopping, eating, drinking, and learning opportunities for all ages, it’s the ideal Northern destination.

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