Barnard Castle is a historic, thriving market town, which developed in the protective shadow of Bernard Balliol's castle. Built on a fine defensive site in 1125, the castle is in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public. Visit the Josephine and John Bowes Museum - built in the style of a French chateau, it houses one of the country's finest art collections.
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  • Bowes Museum (1 mi)
  • The Bowes Museum is "a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. The magnificent building stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts."
  • Barnard Castle (0 mi)
  • Barnard Castle is spectacularly set on a high rock above the River Tees, on the fringe of the town. Taking its name from its 12th-century founder, Bernard de Balliol, the huge, imposing fortress was later developed by the Beauchamp family and Richard III.
  • Nearby Activities
  • Barnard Castle Golf Club (0.5 mi)
  • Since its redesign several years ago, this par 73 course has matured into an excellent 18 hole venue. Natural water hazards can catch you out with streams, and a pond, coming into play no fewer than 15 times in your round – and perhaps more for some! Many new trees and shrubs around the course are now well established, creating further problems for an erratic shot.
  • Local Events
  • Barnard Castle Steam Fair (2 mi)
  • The Steam Fair is a popular event for the end of May Bank Holiday weekend. There is lots to see and do for all the family, from daily demonstrations of Threshing and Wood Cutting using original machinery from the early 1900s, to steam engines and a fair. There is also a wide range of stalls selling a variety of products and produce.
  • Local Amenities
  • Organic Farm (5 mi)
  • The Cross Lanes Organic Farm project is a concept Peter and Sue Coverdale have wanted to develop for many years. In 2002, they purchased the 11 acre site at Cross Lanes Farm and after running the already established free range egg production unit for a while, it was decided to plan for an organic farm shop/café and horticultural centre. On 27th October 2011 the Cross Lanes doors opened.
Darlington
(16.0mi, 25.7km)

On the main A67 road to Darlington, 300m from the town centre.
Darlington
(15.0mi, 24.1km)

Bus No 75/76 to Barnard Castle. Bus stops about one block from Homelands Guest House.

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