Use our service 73 (Wednesday only) & 79 service to visit the beautiful town of Barnard Castle in County Durham.
Barnard Castle in Teesdale is a historic market town which takes its name from the castle around which it grew. The castle, an English Heritage property, was named after its 12th Century founder, Bernard de Balliol, and was later developed by Richard III whose boar emblem is carved above a window in the inner ward. The church of St Mary’s benefited from the patronage of the king with much work carried out including the founding of a chantry. The chancel arch bears corbels with the portraits of Richard and Edward IV and there is a carved boar beside the east window of the south transept.
Things to do:
Traditional Market every Wednesday on The Cobbles in the heart of the Town Centre. Fill your shopping baskets full of local fresh produce!
Farmers Market on the 1st Saturday of every month. Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market is one of the North East’s most popular markets featuring a wide range of artisan food and crafts from the region.
The Witham arts centre with an events programme of music, theatre, film and comedy is at the heart of the town’s wide range of cultural events. From events in the many surrounding village halls, to concerts in churches and an annual outdoor Shakespeare production by The Castle Players there’s lots of entertainment to enjoy.
The Bowes Museum is an impressive and charming French-style château, built in the late 19th Century by John Bowes, and surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. The museum houses a collection of European fine and decorative arts and is regarded as one of the most significant museums outside London.
Use Barnard Castle as a base to explore Durham’s great outdoors; there are walking and cycling opportunities galore, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of the surrounding countryside, exploring Teesdale and Weardale in the Durham Dales.