This market town 32km south of Durham is home to the ruins of the large Barnard Castle and it also makes a good base for exploring other castles in Teesdale.
Woodleigh, Flatts Road, Barnard Castle
Tel (01833) 690 909
Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
The town's namesake consists of the rambling ruins of this Norman castle. It features a three-storey keep, a round tower and the 14th century great hall.
Tel (01833) 638 212
Open Jan-Mar Wed-Sun 10am-4pm; Apr-Sep 10am-6pm daily; Oct 10am-4pm daily; Nov-Dec Wed-Sun 10am-4pm
This large museum features an extensive art collection with a particularly impressive collection of Spanish paintings.
Newgate, Barnard Castle
Bus 8, 75
Tel (01833) 690 606
Open 11am-5pm daily