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Raby Castle

Durham 01833 660202

 
 

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Raby Castle

Raby Castle

Address

Staindrop,
Darlington,
County Durham,
DL2 3AH

Details

The 18th century walled gardens at Raby Castle are set within a 200 acre deer park in the heart of Teesdale. Designers such as Thomas White and James Paine worked to establish the gardens which now extend to five acres. The Gardens have been considerably altered during the last century but many of the original features remain. In particular the two fine 200 year old yew hedges and the ornamental pond dominate the central garden. These magnificent gardens display herbaceous borders, shrub borders, a conservatory formal rose gardens and informal heather and conifers gardens.

The walls, of locally hand-made bricks were constructed with flues which, when heated enabled sub-tropical fruits such as apricots to be grown on the South Terrace. Of these only the White Ischia fig brought to Raby in 1786 by William Harry, 3rd Earl of Darlington, still survives in its specially built house fruiting bi-annually. The Gardens have been considerably altered during this century but many of the original features remain.

Raby Castle and the gardens are open to enjoy throughout the summer months.

With a Raby Park and Gardens Season Ticket you can visit our beautiful gardens and parkland, including the Gift Shop, Tearooms and Woodland Play Area as many times as you like during the summer open season.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Raby Estates venison and game sold in tearooms. No photography or video filming is permitted inside. Colour illustrated guidebook on sale. Suitablity for the Disabled: WCs. Refreshments/Cafe/Tearoom: Licensed. Guided Tours: By arrangement for groups (20+) or min charge. VIP & Standard Castle Tours available. Tour time 1½ hrs. Education/School Visits: By arrangement (20+), weekday am. £4 a head. Suitability for Dogs: Dogs in grounds only.

Opening details

Raby Castle and the Gardens are open seasonally from May until the end of September.
With a Raby Park and Gardens Season Ticket you can visit our beautiful gardens and parkland, including the Gift Shop, Tearooms and Woodland Play Area as many times as you like during the summer open season.

Location

Directions

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Map reference: NZ 124220  Lat: 54.59302 Long: -1.80960

By Road:
Nearest major road is A1. From the A1 follow the A66 and then take the A688, 1 mile north of Staindrop and 8 miles north east of Barnard Castle.
Raby castle is situated on the A688 on the Barnard Castle/Bishop Auckland road, 1 mile north of Staindrop and 8 miles north east of Barnard Castle.
Easily accessible from major roads including the A1(M), M6 and A66.

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is Darlington Station.
Nearest bus stop is Keverstone Bank, Raby, near Staindrop.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Raby Estates venison and game sold in tearooms. No photography or video filming is permitted inside. Colour illustrated guidebook on sale. Suitablity for the Disabled: WCs. Refreshments/Cafe/Tearoom: Licensed. Guided Tours: By arrangement for groups (20+) or min charge. VIP & Standard Castle Tours available. Tour time 1½ hrs. Education/School Visits: By arrangement (20+), weekday am. £4 a head. Suitability for Dogs: Dogs in grounds only.