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.
6 May and Mondays and Tuesdays from 27 May to 4 September.
2pm to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm).
Rokeby Park is located 3 miles south east of Barnard Castle on the north side of A66 between Al(M) and Bowes in Teesdale, County Durham.
Buses stop at end of the driveway, the nearest bus terminal is Barnard Castle, the nearest train station is Darlington.
Numerous cycle routes nearby.
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Over 60s £7.00
Children under 16 Free
Art Fund members 25% off
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
The Old Cottage, sleeps 4, overlooking Egglestone Abbey.
The Tithe Barn, sleeps 10, next to St Mary's Church, Brignall.
Standing peacefully in its own garden, The Old Cottage is just 2 miles from the delightful market town of Barnard Castle, home to The Bowes Museum, one of the most impressive and interesting museums in the country.
Golf, riding, tennis and fishing (on the River Tees) are available locally and there is an excellent choice of pubs/restaurants in Barnard Castle and surrounding villages.
There is a spacious beamed sitting/dining-room with an open fire and a well-fitted kitchen and utility room. There is a twin room with bathroom with over-bath shower and a large double bedroom with ensuire shower room.
The Tithe Barn is in an idyllic position on a quiet single track country lane, this detached Grade II listed tithe barn is tucked away next to a church, surrounded by countryside. Sensitively restored to retain much character, it boasts stone flagged floors, open beams and courtyard garden. The surrounding area is dotted with fields, fragrant hedgerows and a network of public footpaths – a haven for walkers and those who love outdoors. Ideally based for exploring – the delights of nearby Barnard Castle (4 miles), Raby Castle, Durham, Weardale, the Lake District are all within easy driving distance.
The Barn features a large beamed living/dining room, spacious modern kitchen area and utility room. There is a twin-bedded room with en-suite shower room and a further two twin-bedded rooms with shared shower room. On the first floor are two double bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms.