Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham, England

At the second time of trying we actually managed to get into Barnard Castle, during our first visit to the town they were only allowing pre-booked visits for some Covid reason, I think that was taking things a wee bit far given that the entire place is outdoors – and it’s very easy to socially distance. You can see the photos we took of the castle from the outside here. The whole town became sort of notorious during the first pandemic lockdown as Dominic Cummings got himself into a real pickle over his illegal visit there – to test his eyesight.

Anyway, here are some of the photos I managed to take when we were there again in September. The oldest parts of the castle date back to 1093.

Interior of Barnard Castle, Teeside

Interior of Barnard Castle, Teeside

It’s mainly a ruin but there are some massive walls still standing.

Interior of Barnard Castle,Teeside

Interior of Barnard  Castle, Teeside

You can see that the town has been built around the castle, it’s very much in the centre of the town which has the same name as the castle.
Interior of Barnard Castle, Teeside

Interior of Barnard Castle, Teeside

I obviously didn’t take the photo below as that’s me down there!

Interior of Barnard  Castle, Teeside

I did take the photo of the bridge below though. I love old bridges, despite this one being old it is very well used and I had to wait a while before I could get one of it with no cars on it.
Bridge from Barnard Castle, Teeside

If you click on the photo below you will be able to read the information on the board. I’m glad we were able to get into the castle at last – and just about had the entire place to ourselves. I think there was one other visitor there. It felt very safe anyway.
Barnard Castle info Board

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

  1. So that is what it looks like inside. We visited Barnard Castle last year BECAUSE Dominic Cummiings publicised it. Like you we could not get inside because we had not pre-booked, but had a good walk around the town and along the river a bit. I had not appreciated quite how extensive the castle had once been.

    • Jeremy,
      Luckily we have some friends who live near ‘Barney’ so when we visited them again it was an easy jaunt for us. I suspect that the town will be doing quite well from the Cummings link! There’s always something that we don’t have time to see when we’re away, next time we’ll go to the Bowes Museum.

  2. You went over the border into England! 😉

    That’s an old castle. I just can’t imagine the years of labor to build it all by hand. Glad you were able to finally see it!

    • Stefanie,
      Oh yes we go over that border now and again, but I really regard this area as part of Scotland, although that would infuriate the inhabitants nowadays. That border has shifted a lot over the years!

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