Barnard Castle in Teesdale is a historic market town which takes its name from the castle around which it grew.
The castle looks down to the River Tees below, popular with canoeists, anglers and for riverside walks along the Teesdale Way, Deepdale and Flatts Wood.
A haven for shoppers and treasure seekers, the town’s many antique shops provide a charming shopping experience. Thriving independent retailers offer many distinctive products, some made locally. There are shops selling home décor, second-hand books, designer clothes, jewellery, accessories, vintage and retro items, local crafts, gifts and much more.
For food lovers, locally produced food can be found in the independent butchers, green grocers, bakers and specialist shops and at the monthly farmers’ market which is held on ‘the cobbles’ in the Market Place. Restaurants, cafés and pubs serve good quality home-made food with featuring local produce.
The octagonal Market Cross in the centre of town, known locally as the ‘Butter Market’, was built by Thomas Breaks and given to the town in 1747.
The Bowes Museum is an impressive and charming French-style château, built in the late 19th Century by John Bowes, and surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. The museum houses a collection of fine and decorative arts including the famous Silver Swan automaton.