Barnard Castle

town in County Durham, England, UK

Barnard Castle is a town and civil parish in County Durham, England. In 2011 there were 5495 people living in Barnard Castle.[1]

Barnard Castle
OS grid referenceNZ050160
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
List of places


Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it was built. It is the main settlement in the Teesdale area, and is a popular tourist destination. The Bowes Museum has the best collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, housed in a "magnificent" 19th century French-style chateau. Its most famous exhibit is the 18th century Silver Swan automaton, though art includes work by Goya and El Greco.


Barnard Castle sits on the north bank of the River Tees, opposite Startforth and 21 miles (34 km) south-west of the county town of Durham. Nearby towns include Bishop Auckland to the north-east, Darlington to the east and Richmond in North Yorkshire to the south-east.


Barnard Castle's largest single employer is GlaxoSmithKline which has a manufacturing facility on the outskirts of town.


  1. Neighbourhood Statistics[permanent dead link]