Why go there?
Unsurprisingly, Barnard Castle is named after the 12th century castle around which the town grew. It’s the unofficial capital of the Teesdale valley on the east side of the Pennines in Country Durham. Aside from the castle ruins, the town boasts several antique shops and gorgeous Georgian buildings, while it’s only a short walk from the town centre to The Bowes Museum, must-see for art lovers.
Teesdale itself boasts many attractions should you want to get a taste of the local countryside (see www.teesdalediscovery.com), including England’s highest waterfall at High Force, eight miles from Barnard Castle.
Where to stay
The Old Well Inn dates back to the 17th century and is perfectly placed in the heart of town, just 100 metres from the castle. There are 10 en-suite bedrooms available, with prices starting from £34.50 per person for bed and breakfast. The inn boasts a bar and lounge, plus three distinctive restaurants.
Tel: 01833 690130 LINK
Where to eat
The Riverside Restaurant is tucked away at the end of Country Bridge, which traverses the Tees at the centre of town. It boasts a three-course Sunday lunch for under £20 and a rich and varied a la carte menu based on seasonal and local produce.
The nearby village of Cotherstone lends its name to a locally made cheese that dates back to the 17th century and is considered a descendant of Wensleydale. If you can’t find any locally, try www.teddingtoncheese.co.uk.
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