Near Barnard Castle Holiday Cottages
Barnard Castle is the most perfect location for a memorable holiday in the heart of Teesdale in the Durham Dales. Known locally as ‘Barney’, it is a fantastic place to stay with lots to offer visitors. It will come as no surprise to learn that this historic market town takes its name from the impressive 12th century Barnard Castle which dominates the banks of the beautiful River Tees.
Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, Barnard Castle has something for everyone to enjoy from water sports, fishing, cycling, wildlife and scenic riverside and woodland strolls to impressive attractions such as The Bowes Museum and High Force Waterfall.
The lively market place with a unique market cross has traditional cobbled streets and a large number of independent shops, for discerning shoppers looking for: treasured antiques, crafts, second-hand books, clothes and gifts. There are also some lovely friendly pubs, cafés and restaurants for you to try during your stay. Barnard Castle hosts one of the North East’s most popular Farmers Markets on ‘the cobbles’ which is held on the first Saturday of each month.
Attractions are plentiful in Barnard Castle, with the notable Bowes Museum – a French style chateau which is surrounded by a beautiful park and gardens. The museum houses an impressive collection of art and fashion exhibitions with interesting displays for all the family to enjoy. It also showcases a fascinating 18th century musical automaton Silver Swan, which has become quite a centrepiece in the museum. Don’t miss it in any action, as it is only works once a day in order to preserve this much-loved iconic object.
Discover the force of nature with a visit to England’s largest waterfall– High Force, located at Forest-in-Teesdale, which is just a 30-minute drive from Barnard Castle. Take a short walk through pretty woodland, following the route of the River Tees before arriving at this majestic waterfall which spectacularly drops 70 feet into a plunger pool below.
Raby Castle is within easy reach of High Force and is a great day out combined with High Force. Explore the inside state rooms of the castle or take a walk in the stunning walled gardens. You can also meet the friendly deer in the 200-acre deer park before letting the kids enjoy the lovely woodland play area. Finish off your visit with a trip to the tearooms for a delicious cup of coffee, before heading back to the comfort of your holiday cottage.
Barnard Castle holiday cottages provides the perfect place to relax and unwind, with plenty of great days out which are sure to create lasting memories for all the family, whatever the weather or time of year you visit.