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Raby Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Staindrop, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3AH

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About

Raby is without doubt one of the most impressive lived in castles in England. Built mainly in the 14th century by the Nevill family on the site of an earlier manor house, it remained in their ownership until 1569. Since 1626 to the present day it has been the home of the Vane family.
It was the childhood home of Cicely, Rose of Raby, mother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III, scene of the plotting of the Rising of the North and a Parliamentary stronghold during the Civil War.

Despite its grand exterior, Raby houses a fabulous art collection and sumptuous interiors. Treasures include an important collection of Meissen porcelain, tapestries, furniture, furnishings and paintings.

Raby Castle is situated amidst a 200 acre Deer Park in the foothills of the North Pennines, where Red and Fallow Deer and Longhorn Cattle graze. Beautiful walled gardens with formal lawns, rose gardens and ornamental pond frame picturesque views of the Castle. The 18th century stable block contains a horse drawn carriage collection and the Stable Tearooms and Gift Shop.



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.

Guide Prices

Castle, Park & Gardens - Adult £10, Concession £9, 5-15 years £4.50, Under 5s FREE, Family: 2+3 £27.

Directions

Road Directions

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.


The nearest railway station is Darlington, which is 15 miles away.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available

Catering

  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

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Opening Times

* Raby Castle is open to visitors seasonally between Easter and September.

Visits to Raby Castle are either part of a guided tour, or on certain days admission is on a free flow basis.

Awards

  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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