If you ever hear me talking, you will know how proud I am to be from Durham. A Durham lass born and bred, damned proud of not only our beautiful history city, but the county itself. When I finally got the chance to visit Raby Castle again recently, I knew I had to share it with you all!
Tucked away near Staindrop, Raby Castle sits pretty much in the middle of Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle. The Castle was the home to Lord Barnard who very sadly passed away recently. The family still live in the castle, which makes it part museum and part private residence. That does mean photography from inside the castle isn’t allowed but there are interior photos on the official website.
Originally owned by the infamous King Canute, it wasn’t until the Nevills took ownership was the impressive castle built.
Surrounded by 200 acres of stunning countryside that is home to the popular Deer herd (and High Force too – read my post here) which you can often see from the main road. Whilst the castle houses art and period rooms for public consumption, the grounds are a superb place to spend a sunny day mooching around.
The walled garden is spectacular all year round and is immaculately maintained by the groundskeeper and of course, the entrance fee. After a leisure saunter around the flowers, head to the castle and take in the towers and views of the lake to the south of the castle.
There’s a small tea room but you can picnic in the grounds on a sunny day making the entrance fee go that little bit further with tons of outdoor space and play areas to wear out the little ones.
Throughout the summer, there is a schedule of events from Shakespeare to Circus skills to the very delicious Taste of Teesdale festival. You can find more details on the activities HERE We can’t wait for the classic car show in August!
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