Holiday Cottages in Barnard Castle

Nestled on the north bank of the River Tees in County Durham, is the historic market town of Barnard Castle. It takes its name from the 12th-century castle that dominates the city perched on a high rock overlooking the city and river. A haven for antique enthusiasts, the city is lined with independent shops, tea rooms, cosy pubs and mouthwatering restaurants. For foodies, locally sourced produce can be found in the independent specialist shops that line the high street, from bakeries to butchers, and there is a monthly farmers market which is held in the Market Place. The Bowes Museum is an impressive French-style château, surrounded by stunning gardens and parkland. Considered one of the most significant museums outside London, it is home to a collection of European fine and decorative arts. With so much to see and do in this area, it's a great location to be based to tour the surrounding countryside. However you wish to discover this area do it from the comfort of one of our holiday cottages in Barnard Castle.

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Inspiration of things to see and do in our cottages in Barnard Castle

Discover the breathtaking High Force Waterfall, one of England's highest waterfalls, in the nearby Teesdale region; explore the beautiful landscapes of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; or enjoy a traditional cream tea in a local tearoom. With a wide selection of Durham holiday cottages on offer, we have the ideal holiday home for you.

Here are the top five things to see and do from our cottages in Barnard Castle:

Barnard Castle

Start your visit with a tour of the town's namesake, Barnard Castle. This imposing medieval fortress sits high above the River Tees and offers commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Explore the castle's ruins, including its impressive Great Hall and the stunning octagonal tower. Learn about its fascinating history, including its connections to Richard III and the English Civil War.

Bowes Museum

Immerse yourself in art and culture at the Bowes Museum. Housed in a magnificent French-style chateau, this museum boasts an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Highlights include works by renowned artists such as Canaletto, Goya, and El Greco, as well as the museum's famous Silver Swan automaton.

Riverside Walks

Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque riverside paths that wind their way through Barnard Castle. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the River Tees as you wander past charming riverside cottages, lush greenery, and historic landmarks. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including kingfishers, otters, and herons, which are often spotted along the riverbanks.

Explore the Market Town

Spend some time exploring Barnard Castle's historic market town center. Discover quaint shops, cafes, and pubs nestled within centuries-old buildings. Browse local crafts, antiques, and specialty foods at the weekly market, held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Don't miss the chance to sample some delicious regional treats, such as locally produced cheeses and baked goods.

Teesdale Way

Embark on a scenic walk along the Teesdale Way, a long-distance footpath that passes through Barnard Castle. Follow the path as it meanders along the banks of the River Tees, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the chance to spot wildlife along the way. Choose from a variety of walking routes, ranging from short strolls to more challenging hikes, and enjoy the natural beauty of Teesdale.

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