Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham, England

It’s a couple of weeks since we were down in County Durham for a few days, one of the places we visited was the town Barnard Castle but we didn’t manage to get into the actual castle because strangely English Heritage had a strict booking policy so despite the fact that we are members of Historic Scotland and would have got free entry – we didn’t manage to get in at all. It’s particularly weird as there were hardly any other visitors and as the castle itself is a ruin it’s all in the open air – hopefully we’ll get in there one day. At least we got some photos and had a walk by the river and around the town.

Barnard Castle,County Durham, castle ruin

The castle looms high above the town as you would expect. Of course it has been in the news recently as the place that Dominic Cummings visited to ‘test his eyesight’ when the rest of us were adhering to a strict lockdown and staying very local!
Barnard Castle,Teesdale, Counry Durham, castle ruin

Barnard Castle stitch, County Durham, castle ruin

The castle was founded in the 12th century and is in a lovely position high above the River Tees as you can see below. I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen the Tees, I love rivers and this one is very scenic in this area anyway and looks unpolluted as far as the naked eye is concerned.

Barnard Castle + Bridge, County Durham, River Tees

You get a good view of the river when standing on the old stone bridge – as you can see.

River Tees, Barnard Castle, County Durham

The town itself is a nice place to visit with interesting looking independent shops – if you’re that way inclined. I only bought a book (surprise surprise) which I got from the Oxfam charity shop.

6 thoughts on “Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham, England

  1. Mother was stationed there for a time during the war and fell in love with the place, despite rotten housing and poor food!

    • Helen,
      I think it’s the most up-market town around that area and very scenic so I can see how she could fall in love with it. I had an old friend who was a WAAC and she was stationed near Blackpool, the back of beyond for a Londoner as she was, and she said they seemed to get boiled beetroot for most meals!

  2. What a pretty place and a beautiful day. Too bad you weren’t able to go inside the grounds. I guess you will have something to look forward to another time.

    • Stefanie,
      We’re planning to go back at some time in the future but probably we’ll be visiting castles in Scotland before we go back down that way again. We were so lucky with the weather.

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