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Barnard Castle Overview

Barnard Castle is a small, historic market town located in County Durham, Northern England. With a population of around 6500 it is predominantly rural and particularly comes alive on market days which are Wednesdays.

The architecture of the town is mainly 16th and 17th century and it is a pleasant place to spend the afternoon wandering around the streets visiting the small stores, antique shops and tea rooms.

The town is known affectionately as 'Barney' locally and was built up around the castle of Bernard de Baliol, unfortunately now in ruins, but managed by English Heritage for visits. The castle is centrally located in the town, overlooking the River Tees.

As you would expect in a market town there is a cobbled market place and the Market Cross (also known as the Butter Market) formerly the town gaol and the French chateau-like Bowes Museum built in 1869 which holds an internationally important collection of paintings, furniture and porcelain.

Barney is a popular place for hikers to base themselves from, with the beauty of Upper Teesdale only a short hike up the River Tees away.

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