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Raby Castle

This property is free for HHA Friends
Staindrop, Darlington, Co Durham, DL2 3AH
01833 660202

This impressive and complete 14th century fortress of the powerful Nevills, with nine towers set in 200 acres of landscaped deer park, has been home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626. Victorian restoration by Burn includes the Octogan Drawing Room and extensions of the Barons' Hall to 132-ft. There are fine collections including paintings, furniture, Meissen porcelain and arms. The medieval Great Kitchen and Servants' Hall survive.

Highlights include the vast Barons Hall where it is reputed that 700 knights gathered to plot a rebellion against Elizabeth I, a splendid Victorian octagonal drawing room that has re-emerged as one of the most striking interiors from the 19th century and in contrast a mediaeval kitchen, used until 1954. Raby’s treasures include an important collection of Meissen porcelain, fine furniture and artworks, including paintings by Munnings, De Hooch, Reynolds, Van Dyck and Teniers.

This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.


On A688, 1m N of Staindrop.

Visitor Opening Times

2017: 15 Apr - 1 Oct, Weds - Sun. Also open Tues in July & Aug & BH Mons. Castle: 12.30pm-4.30pm. Park & Gardens: 11am-5pm. Admission to the Castle on weekdays is by a guided tour (free flow on weekends and bank holidays). Last admission 4pm (last guided tour 3.15pm).

Groups by appointment throughout season.

Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.

Family Friendly Facilities

Woodland Adventure Playground

Nestled amongst part of Raby’s vast woodlands is the shaded and leafy Woodland Adventure Playground. Children have been known to spend hours here having fun on the rustic obstacle course that includes an army style zip wire, adults can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Raby Park. The car park and picnic area are close by as well as plenty of wide-open space to run around.
Children’s Activity Sheets

We have developed a free activity sheet to lead children around the castle and help bring history alive in the vast halls and chambers. The activity sheet can be collected on entry to the Castle at the Portcullis Gate where the trail begins and will lead children through all the rooms of the castle. There’ll be questions to answer and items to look out for and our helpful guides are always on hand to assist with any tricky answers!
Special Events

There is a programme of events that take place throughout the summer, including the popular Easter Treasure Trail, Family Fun Days, Outdoor & Family Theatre, Classic Car Shows and Markets

Film Locations

Raby Castle and the extensive Raby Estate is available as a film location. As well as the mediaeval exterior of the Castle, some rooms are available for internal filming. The Castle is set in around 200 acres of undulating deer park, with two lakes. There is also an 18th century walled garden. The Estate covers a large acreage and land use ranges from arable farming to small upland farmsteads on the moors in a designated AONB. There are numerous estate buildings including the Home Farm, Bath House, Laundry House and follies.

Previously Raby has been used in: Elizabeth - Working Title, Jonathan Creek - Christmas Special, Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen - BBC

Educational Facilities

With historic reference from the Middle Ages through to the Victorian era Raby Castle is ideal for a school visit. Experienced Guides tailor each individual visit specifically to the needs of your group, taking into account factors such as age and national curriculum requirements. Guides enhance the motivational tours by involving a degree of story telling. A Castle Tour takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Minimum group size of 20.

After the educational tour there is so much more to see and experience, such as, the horse-drawn carriage collection, deer park and walled garden.

Children are welcome in the Gift Shop in small, supervised groups, alternatively, goody bags can be especially made for any budget.

Groups and special visits

Raby Castle, the home of Lord Barnard, is a magnificent medieval castle in Teesdale, County Durham with stunning halls and chambers, deer park, walled gardens, gift shop and tearooms. Groups are able to visit the castle, park and gardens in various ways. Free Flow visits are available throughout the season, with an optional introductory talk. VIP Private Guided Tours of the Castle are available on weekday mornings.

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsNo
Light RefreshmentsYes

Contact Details

Administration Office
Raby Castle
Co Durham
01833 660202

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