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A Visit At Last

Nick's parents and sister live in the north east of England and often, when we travelled to see them, we would drive through Barnard Castle and say, "We must have a look at the castle one day." Eventually, in 2001, we decided to spend a weekend staying in the van around Barnard Castle. From here we visited Raby Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale, both short hops away.

Around and About

We stayed on a CL. near Cleatlam, a few miles north east of Barnard Castle, arriving on the Friday evening and calling in at an Indian takeaway for our evening meal.
On Saturday we had a look round the town and explored the castle, a fine drizzle falling persistently.
On Sunday we toured in the van and went to Raby Castle which was an amazing place.
On Sunday, on our way home, we called in at Middleton and enjoyed a pleasant walk along the river to the waterfalls.

The Town

Barnard Castle is an attractive, historical market town situated on the Durham side of the Tees, in County Durham, and is the capital of Teesdale. It's crowning glory is the 12th c. castle, built by Bernard Balliol, on banking overlooking the river Tees.The castle now belongs to English Heritage and is open to the public.
The town's other tourist attraction is the Bowes Museum, on the outskirts of B.C. This is home to a most amazing collection of collectables, clocks, costumes, pictures and textiles, to name but a few.
The town itself straggles uphill, in two distinct parts, with plenty of shops and eating places. It's a pretty easy place to drive through and there are carparks signposted. You have to visit the castle on foot.

We enjoyed our stay in this area but now Nick's parents have both died, we don't travel to the north east so much and we feel we have "done" Barnard Castle and surrounds.

2011 UPDATE.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Old-fashioned, intersting town
  • Cons:Expensive petrol...!!!!
  • In a nutshell:Just a nice part of the world....
  • Last visit to Barnard Castle: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Wow, this place is absolutely beautiful. I will be back for more. Lovely page!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    The Bowes museum looks like a 2 day special to see it all. The whole place is so appealing. I have a trip planned for that area in 2-3 years, and will strive to live up to the schedule. You did great in presenting this.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Raby Castle and the Bowes Museum sound really good.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Would love to do that woodland walk to England's highest waterfall some day. Great tips! And thanks for having me back.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Another very interesting "Home grown" page with useful and informative Tips. I always make a bee line for stately home kitchens and Id love to see the one at Raby Castle!

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Love castles, manor homes and old remains... Looks like I have to visit again.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2006 at 11:49 PM

    Sounds like you had nice days exploring Barnard Castle and the surroundings! I would like to see this region of England one day.

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2006 at 12:50 AM

    So many castles, abbeys, stately homes etc in this part of the world it's hard to fit them all in! - another very nice page, thank you.

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2006 at 1:15 PM

    Another nice place I missed when in England. It seems great fun travelling in a motorhome!! When I was a kid I envied the tourists coming to the Black Coast in caravans, seemed so cool, maybe one day we should get one :)

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2005 at 8:07 AM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the Great Spirit walk with you always.


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