This impressive and complete 14th-century fortress of the powerful Nevills, with nine towers set in 200 acres of landscaped deer park and picturesque walled garden, has been home to Lord & Lady Barnard's family since 1626.
Victorian restoration by Burn includes the Octagon 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.
Open Saturday 24th March until 30th September 2018.
Castle, Park & Gardens open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00am – 4.30pm (last admission 4pm).
Open Tuesday – Sunday in July & August.
Enjoy Wimbledon Specials in the tearooms from 2 to 15 July, or come for a Family Fun Weekend with Craft Beer Festival on 25 and 26 August (free to members).
Special activities and tours are laid on for children at 10.30am every Thursday and Saturday in the summer holidays (24 July to 31 August)
Christmas Trees are on sale from 1 December and there is a Christmas Market on 8 and 9 December.
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.
Car park on site
Hodgsons 01833 630730
Historic Houses members can visit for free.
Castle, Park & Gardens : Adult £12, Concession £11, Under 16 £6, Under 5s free
Park & Gardens : Adult £7, Concession £7, Under 16 £3, Under 5s free
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 the 18th century walled gardens, 200 acre deer park, carriage collection and enjoy the gift shop and tearooms.
If you are travelling with a group of 12 or more people, book your visit in advance and receive numerous visits.
We welcome educational visits from pupils of primary and secondary schools and above.
Visits must be pre-booked and are available on weekday mornings from Easter until the end of September. 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 age and National Curriculum requirements. Guides enhance the motivational tours by involving a degree of storytelling.
A Castle tour takes approximately 60 minutes.
After the Castle tour there is much more to see and experience, such as the Horse-Drawn Carriage Collection, Deer Park and Walled Garden. There is a picnic area in the gardens or the Servants Hall in the Castle is available for packed lunches in case of bad weather. Children are welcome in the Gift Shop in small, supervised groups or Goody bags can be arranged in advance for each child, according to your budget.
The Woodland Adventure Play Area is also available for children ages 6+ to use, and is a good way to fit in some exercise before returning to school.
The Castle is an ideal setting for historical shoots, with the stunning interiors and its fine medieval structure. The view of Raby Castle and the beautiful countryside beyond forms a superb backdrop. Within the Castle there are many well preserved halls and chambers as well as the contrasting Servants' Hall and Keep. The Castle is situated in a 200 acre Deer Park with undulating landscape, mature woodland, ponds and walled garden.
The Raby Estates covers the most of Teesdale and offers a range of locations from rugged heather moorland, white washed farmhouses to a Laundry House, Bath House and Home Farm.