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Designed in line with the ideals of Palladio, a country mansion with literary connections.

Barnard Castle, Co Durham, DL12 9RZ

Rokeby Park in County Durham

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Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Free parking
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair access is to the ground floor only (main rooms are upstairs)
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
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for the latest information.

Completed in 1735 by its owner, Sir Thomas Robinson, a leading amateur architect of his day, Rokeby Park represents the heyday of the Palladian-style country house.

A unique collection of 18th century needlework pictures by Anne Morritt (1726 – 1797) are on display as well as a very rare surviving print room. Velásquez’s ‘Toilet of Venus’ hung at Rokeby for almost a century until it was bought by public subscription in 1905 and now hangs in the National Gallery. A copy of the ‘Rokeby Venus’, painted by W.A. Menzies, can be seen in The Saloon at Rokeby.

There are strong connections with Sir Walter Scott, whose epic ballad Rokeby is set in the “beautiful demesne” of Rokeby Park, which visitors to the house can discover for themselves. A recently restored painting, now on display in the dining room, is the only known contemporary painting of the Coronation of Louis XIV.

Opening Times

2022

Open on Early May Bank Holiday (Monday May 2nd); Spring Bank Holiday (Thursday June 2nd); Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Friday June 3rd), and then every Monday and Tuesday from Monday June 6th to Tuesday August 30th.

Open 2.00pm-5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm).

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 visit for free.

Adults £8.00
Over 60s £7.00
Students £5.00
Children under 16 Free
Art Fund members 25% off

Group Visits

Group visits of up to 60 are available by appointment on any weekday afternoon during the open months.

Pre-booked guided tours, usually in groups of 15, take around 1.5 hours.

Please contact on enquiries@rokebypark.com or 01833 695692

Accessibility
  • Wheelchair access is to the ground floor only (main rooms are upstairs)
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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