Overview

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.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Park: 1 January to 24 December.

Gardens: 4 March to 31 October.

Castle: 4 March to 30 September, Wednesdays to Sundays (plus Tuesdays in July and August and Bank Holidays).

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details of our special events.

Opening
Opening

2020

Park: 1 January to 24 December.

Gardens: 4 March to 31 October.

Castle: 4 March to 30 September, Wednesdays to Sundays (plus Tuesdays in July and August and Bank Holidays).

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details of our special events.

Find Us
Find us

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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Hodgsons 01833 630730

Admission
Admission

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

More admission details

Group Visits
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 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. 

See the Raby Castle website. 

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Weddings


Today
Today’s opening hours

Park: 1 January to 24 December.

Gardens: 4 March to 31 October.

Castle: 4 March to 30 September, Wednesdays to Sundays (plus Tuesdays in July and August and Bank Holidays).

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details of our special events.

Opening
Opening

2020

Park: 1 January to 24 December.

Gardens: 4 March to 31 October.

Castle: 4 March to 30 September, Wednesdays to Sundays (plus Tuesdays in July and August and Bank Holidays).

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details of our special events.

Find Us
Find us

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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Hodgsons 01833 630730

Admission
Admission

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

More admission details

Group Visits
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 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. 

See the Raby Castle website. 

Other opening

CASTLE

The Castle opens at 11am, and closes at 4:30pm. Last admission is 4pm.
March – open weekends
April to June – open Wednesday to Sunday
July & August – open Tuesday to Sunday
September – open Wednesday to Sunday
Open Bank Holidays

CASTLE TERRACE & PARK

Open daily, from 10am.

WALLED GARDENS

Open daily from March to October, from 10am.

STABLES CAFE, STABLES SHOP
& WOODLAND PLAY AREA

Open daily, from 10am.

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.

 


Walks

There are some beautiful walks around the Park and Gardens at Raby Castle.

Maps and walking routes are available from our admissions team.

Organised group walks take place on a regular basis and ae a fantastic way to see some areas of the Park which visitors cannot usually access.

Dogs love to walk at Raby but must be kept on a lead to protect of deer.



Raby Castle's history and features

King Cnut (also known as Canute II the Great) owned the Estate, then known as ‘Rabi’ (derived from ‘Ra’, Danish for a boundary, and ‘Bi’, a settlement or dwelling) in the early 11th Century.

The Viking King and self appointed ‘Emperor of the North’ may well have built a manor house here, but it was the Nevills who built the 14th century castle which still stands today.

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, Raby is the seat of Lord and Lady Barnard and the Vane family. It is also home to an impressive range of art, textiles and furniture from England and Europe dating from the 17th to the 20th Century.

The builders of Raby Castle in the 14th century and one of the most powerful families in the North. The Nevill ownership of Raby lasted for nearly four hundred years and ended after their unsuccessful ‘Rising of the North’ in 1569. The Castle was held by the Crown until 1626 when it was purchased by Sir Henry Vane the Elder.

Find out more about Raby Castle's history here


Things to See

Fun Facts

Originally moated and accessed via a drawbridge, the Castle was built as a palace fortress. It is characterised by a sequence of massive towers linked by curtain walls. It’s completeness is of national significance as a largely single-phase structure, with one twelfth century survival (Bulmer’s Tower).

The Nevills, responsible for building the 14th century Castle which still stands today, continued to live at Raby until 1569 when, after the failure of the Rising of the North, the Castle and its lands were forfeited to the Crown. The 6th Earl of Westmorland was the last of the Nevills to live at Raby Castle.

He fled from Raby in 1569 after The Rising of the North and died in exile in Holland in 1601.

In 1626, Sir Henry Vane the Elder, Member of Parliament and important member of Charles I’s household, purchased Raby from the Crown. The Vane family still own Raby, the present owner being the 12th Lord Barnard.