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Barnard Castle is one of the beautiful, unspoilt parts of County Durham, Land of the Prince Bishops.
We think it makes the ideal touring base for a holiday that can be as active – or relaxing – as you wish.

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is an art gallery in the town of Barnard Castle, in County Durham in northern England. It was built to designs by Jules Pellechet and John Edward Watson to house the art collection of John Bowes and his wife Joséphine Benoîte Coffin-Chevallier, and opened in 1892. It contains paintings by El Greco, Francisco Goya, Canaletto, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and François Boucher, together with items of decorative art, ceramics, textiles, tapestries, clocks and costumes, and objects of local historical interest. Some early works of Émile Gallé were commissioned by Coffin-Chevallier.

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Egglestone Abbey

Egglestone Abbey is a ruined Premonstratensian abbey on the southern bank of the River Tees, in northern England, 1+1⁄2 miles south-east of Barnard Castle. The abbey was historically within the North Riding of Yorkshire, but since 1974 has been in County Durham. The site buildings are protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and maintained by English Heritage; admission is free.

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Cross Lanes Organic Farm

Cross Lanes Organic Farm is a local family business, located seconds off the A66 trans-pennine trunk road in Northern England which links the glorious North Pennines to the Lake District. They have an organic restaurant serving quality homemade meals throughout the day, the farm shop is a one stop shop bursting with lots of food and drink delights, supporting local producers and selling a range of homemade quality products made in house.

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Barnard Castle

Set on a high rock above the River Tees, Barnard Castle takes its name from its 12th century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was later developed by the Beauchamp family and then passed into the hands of Richard III. With fantastic views over the Tees Gorge this fortress sits on the fringe of an attractive working market town also known as ‘Barney’ so there is plenty to do for families on a day out.

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Eggleston Hall Gardens

There have been Gardens at Eggleston Hall since the late 16th century. It is hard to imagine, given
the limitations of plant varieties, just how these would have looked, probably a physic garden, in all
likelihood with the proximity of Egglestone Abbey it may well have been under monastic influence
through their use and knowledge of medicinal herbs. Admission to the gardens is £2.50. There is a
well-stocked nursery which is free to look around and a café and giftshop.

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