Visit Barnard Castle: places to stay, things to do

Our guide to Barnard Castle in County Durham for a perfect weekend break.


Our weekend guide to Barnard Castle in County Durham, including local history and places to stay.

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, 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.


Local secret

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