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See also 13b. Circular walk to Cotherstone from Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees

The historic Market Town of Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England, so named after the castle around which Barnard Castle was built. It is the main settlement in the Teesdale area, and very a popular tourist destination. Barnard Castle sits on the north bank of the River Tees, opposite the village of Startforth and 21 miles (34 km) south-west of the county town of Durham. Barnard Castle's largest single employer is the pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline, which has a manufacturing facility on the outskirts of town.

The Town of Barnard Castle - streets and buildings - history - architecture

The main high street of the market town of Barnard Castle - the Market Place.


 Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England  Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England

You can cross over the Tees via the two span County Bridge and up into the Town.


The 'busy', but fine stone bridge dates from 1569 and repaired and strengthened in 1771.


 Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England  Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England

The walk up to the Market Place is a most enjoyable architectural trip on its own merit with lots of fine Georgian buildings to admire. On the left are some of the buildings in Thorngate and on the right more fine buildings on The Bank.


 Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England

The lovely and idiosyncratic Blagraves House (Blagroves House) is the oldest house in Barnard Castle, which is now a restaurant and once an inn. It is on 'The Bank' the street which in past times was the hub and commercial centre of Barnard Castle.

The right-hand side is Tudor, but the left-hand side looks Georgian.


There are four curious carved stone figures on the street facing wall of Blagroves House, Barnard Castle.



 Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England

The tower of the parish church towers over the lower part of the town and the Old Well pub uses a fine building.


 Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England

At the top end of Market Place is the site of the Market Cross or Buttercross (Buttermarket, Butter Mart) is characterised by the octagonal tower over where the medieval cross was. In the middle is the tower and nave of St Mary's Parish Church founded in the 12th century.


 Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England

An early evening view looking down the Market Place towards the Buttercross where you can still see some Georgian buildings and some original Victorian shop fronts.


The Castle in Barnard Castle

The Castle is purched on the edge of a ravine that falls away into the River Tees.


The castle presents a finesigh occupying a most commanding position above the River Tees.


 Barnard Castle on the banks of the River Tees, County Durham, North East England

The castle is built on the rocky cliff over the fast flowing River Tees hence very good defensive southern and western flanks.

Barnard Castle derives its name from the 12th Century Norman Castle built by Bernard Balliol between 1112 and 1132.








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Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants in Barnard Castle

Lovely tea, china and cakes in Clarendon's Cafe in Market Place, Barnard Caste


Barnard Castle, historic market town, County Durham, Northern England:  Barnard Castle is a lovely historic market town set above the glorious River Tees. It is a most pleasant town to potter around in and its varied architecture is highly rated. There are plenty of cafes, tearooms, pubs and restaurants to take pleasure in after completing agood walk by the River Tees and a few are briefly illustrated and described below.

The Market Place Teashop, Barnard Castle, provides good food, tea and coffee etc. and is at the top end of Horse Market (above) which is part of the main street of Barnard Castle. Up on the right is Galgate (left picture) with more shops and fine houses.

Penny's Cafe, Barnard Castle, is a tea room and licensed restaurant, and is just across the road from the octagonal Buttercross ('Market Cross', 'Butter Mart', above and left) with Church in the background. The Buttercross, built in 1747, is a reminder that Barnard Castle is the main market town for Teesdale. In its time is has served as a court, gaol, Town Hall and butter market.

Blagraves House, Barnard Castel, on The Bank is a 16th century house which later became an inn. It is reputed that Oliver Cromwell was entertained here in 1648. Built in 1569 it is still going strong as a restaurant.

The Old Well Inn, Barnard Castle, is fine looking house on The Bank. The are many other handsome houses on The Bank and further down towards the River Tees on Thorngate.
 The White Swan pub, Barnard Castle, is just across the fine bridge over the River Tees below Barnard's Castle. It is a suitable place to call in to after a lovely walk along the River Tees up to Cotherstone which is an excellent circular river walk (see below).
The Golden Lion Inn-Pub a few hundred yards up from the Buttercross in Barnard Castle


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