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Barnard Castle Golf Club | An Introduction to Barnard Castle

The town of Barnard Castle takes its name from the 12th-century castle founded by Bernard Baliol and was first known as Bernard's Castle.

Once owned by Richard III, the ruined castle overlooks the wooded banks of the River Tees, its grounds extending for 6 acres.

At the far side of the town is the Bowes Museum. This chateau-style building was constructed for its Francophile owners, John and Josephine Bowes, in the late 19th century. Their sole intention was to open it to the public to display their splendid private art collection. Works include European paintings and marvellous examples of 18th-century furniture, porcelain, and jewellery. One of the more unusual exhibits is a silver swan automaton, which still bursts into activity twice daily.

As a market town, the traders still return to do business from the cobbled market area every Wednesday.

Main industries within Barnard Castle are associated with Pharmaceutical production, tourism,  general retailing and agriculture.

Visitors Accomodation

Marwood House

Jersey Farm Hotel

Redwell Inn & Old Well Inn