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Raby Castle

One of the North's most striking castles with a dramatic history.

Staindrop, Darlington, Co Durham, DL2 3AH

Raby Castle, County Durham

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Visit

Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility

Accessibility:
Accessibility inside the Castle is limited, due to the historical nature of the building, therefore we are happy to charge visitors with disabilities concessionary rates.

If you require any further information please contact the Administration Office on 01833 660202.

Parking:
There is plenty of parking available at Raby Castle. Please follow the signs on entry.

The Castle is situated in 200 acres of undulating parkland in a countryside location. The castle itself is approx. 400 meters from the main car park up a natural incline. There are two benches along the road leading to the castle to rest on. Those accompanying wheelchair users will need to be strong and able pushers.

If you require disabled access to the Castle, please speak to our admissions team who will direct you to the disabled parking area and will arrange access into the Castle.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Raby is without doubt one of the most impressive intact castles in the North of England. Built in the 14th century by the powerful Nevill family, it has a long history. Home to Cecily Nevill, mother of two kings of England, it was also the scene of the plotting of the Rising of the North and a Parliamentary stronghold during the Civil War.

Today visitors can experience this incredible medieval fortress, set in 200 acres of beautiful parklands. With a cafe, shop and new adventure playground, it’s the perfect place for a family day out.

Opening Times

2022

Deer Park: Open daily from 10am – 4pm

Raby Castle: Open Wednesdays to Sundays (plus Tuesdays in July and August and Bank Holidays) March to October. Open 11am – 4pm.

Yurt Cafe: Open daily from 10am – 4pm

Stables Shop: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm

The Plotters’ Forest (NEW adventure playground) open daily from 15th April from 10am

Walled Gardens: Closed for developments (re-opening 2023).

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members can visit the castle and park for free – please pre-book tickets on the website and make sure you bring your membership card with you as you will need to show this on arrival.

Castle, Play & Park Tickets
March – October

Adult – £13.00
Concession – £12.00
4–15 years – £10.00
Under 4s – Free
Family (2+3) – £45.00
Historic Houses Member – £5.00

Castle & Park Tickets
March – October

Adult – £10.50
Concession – £9.50
4–15 years – £6.00
Under 4s – Free
Family (2+3) – £32.00
HH Member – Free

Play & Park Tickets
Open Daily

Adult – £8.00
Concession – £7.00
4–15 years – £7.50
Under 4s – Free
Family (2+3) – £29.00
Historic Houses Member – £5.00

Park Tickets
Open Daily

Adult – £5.50
Concession – £4.50
4–15 years – £3.50
Under 4s – Free
Family (2+3) – £17.00
Historic Houses Member – Free

Group Visits

Your group can enjoy discovering the fascinating history of the Castle and those who lived here during a guided tour with one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides. Then make time to explore our 200 acre deer park and stop by the Cafe and Shop.

If you are travelling with a group of 16 or more people, book your visit in advance and receive the following benefits to make your group visit as easy and stress-free as possible including:

Discounted admission rates
Free coach parking
Complimentary admission for group organiser
Complimentary refreshment voucher for coach driver
Meet and greet on arrival by a member of the Raby Castle team
Familiarisation visits can be arranged for group organisers and members of the trade prior to group travel

Please email admin@raby.co.uk to make a booking.

Educational Visits

With historic reference from the Middle Ages through to the Victorian Era, Raby Castle is ideal for pupils of primary and secondary schools and above.

Visits must be pre-booked in advance and are available throughout the year.

Please call 01833 660 202 or email admin@raby.co.uk to check availability and discuss your requirements.

Accessibility

Accessibility:
Accessibility inside the Castle is limited, due to the historical nature of the building, therefore we are happy to charge visitors with disabilities concessionary rates.

If you require any further information please contact the Administration Office on 01833 660202.

Parking:
There is plenty of parking available at Raby Castle. Please follow the signs on entry.

The Castle is situated in 200 acres of undulating parkland in a countryside location. The castle itself is approx. 400 meters from the main car park up a natural incline. There are two benches along the road leading to the castle to rest on. Those accompanying wheelchair users will need to be strong and able pushers.

If you require disabled access to the Castle, please speak to our admissions team who will direct you to the disabled parking area and will arrange access into the Castle.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

 

 

Raby Castle: In Pictures

A plot against Elizabeth I

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 Castle view from the outdoors

Image credit: David Grey

An unrivalled collection

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.

Raby Castle Library

Two hundred acres of paradise

Raby Castle is surrounded by 200 acres of lush green parkland, where herds of red and fallow deer live wild. Explore the park and amble around the ponds to spot plenty of wildlife that inhabit this remarkable setting.

Raby Castle view from above

Image credit: Daniel Casson

Spectacular Rooms

Visitors to Raby can experience the Blue Bedroom, designed for very important visitors to the Castle in the 19th Century and the head housekeeper’s bedroom which is starkly furnished with a couple of ornaments and a wardrobe. Other 18th and 19th century rooms to experience are the small Drawing Room, library and Ante-Library.

Raby Castle sunset

Image credit: EC Righ

Why our members love visiting Raby Castle

Getting here

Staindrop, Darlington, Co Durham, DL2 3AH

On A688, between Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland. 1m N of Staindrop.

If travelling by bus you should alight at Raby Castle, North Lodge. The following bus services, service this stop: Scarlet Band Route 85A, Arriva bus 6, Arriva bus 75.

Darlington Train Station is approx. 15 miles away, operating on the East Coast line.

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Looking to visit Raby Castle?

Raby Castle is open to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays (plus Tuesdays in July and August and Bank Holidays) from March to October. Take a look at our Opening Times and Admission sections above for further details. Historic Houses members of course can explore Raby Castle for free when showing their membership card at the gate.

If you’re interested in joining Historic Houses as a member, you can find out more about membership below. Members enjoy free access to almost three hundred independently owned historic houses across the UK for free using their membership card, as well as a quarterly magazine and monthly online lectures about the houses.

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