The picturesque market town of Barnard Castle is situated on the north bank of the meandering River Tees in County Durham. Named after, and built around, the medieval castle ruin, the town is steeped in history and is characterised by quaint cobbled streets and twisting lanes lined with historic pubs, restaurants and antique shops. At its centre, you’ll find the famous octagonal Market Cross, around which excellent monthly food markets are held.
Barnard Castle is home to a thriving arts and cultural scene. Start with a visit to the imposing Castle ruins before heading to the remarkable Bowes Museum – a magnificent building surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. Reminiscent of a French Chateau, the museum houses one of the finest art collections in the North of England. Don’t miss The Witham arts centre, which hosts a wide range of music, theatre and comedy.
Located close to the Pennine Way, a national trail which winds its way through the rugged AONB hills, plenty of scenic upland walking, cycling and outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed in the surrounding area by day and inky dark skies can be enjoyed by night.
Meandering down from the Pennines to Barnard Castle, the River Tees is popular with canoeists, anglers and dog walkers alike. Along its course you’ll find High Force – one of County Durham’s most impressive natural landmarks and the largest waterfall in England.
In addition to these local attractions, Raby Castle, the medieval City of Durham and the scenic Yorkshire Dales all lie a short drive away, making our Barnard Castle cottages an ideal base for your next greater escape.