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Raby Castle

Raby Castle

Explore More Than 600 Years of History at Raby Castle

Raby Castle is a wonderful family day out. There are a range of facilities, attractions and services which will keep all ages occupied.

Raby Castle was built by the mighty Nevills in the 14th century and is one of the finest and best-preserved medieval castles in North East England. Since 1626 it has been home to the Vane family and is currently the seat of the 12th Lord Barnard.

Raby is without doubt one of the most impressive intact castles in the North of England. Built in the 14th century by the powerful Nevill family, it has a long history. Home to Cecily Nevill, mother of two kings of England, it was also the scene of the plotting of the Rising of the North and a Parliamentary stronghold during the Civil War.

The Parks & Gardens

Raby Castle is surrounded by 200 acres of lush green parkland, where herds of red and fallow deer live wild. Explore the park and amble around the ponds to spot plenty of wildlife that inhabit this remarkable setting. We have 5 acres of traditional 18th century ornamental Walled Gardens which include fabulous yew hedges, a fig house, rose garden, trees, plants and ornamental features. If you’re feeling energetic, we also have a Woodland Adventure Playground for children and offer bike hire to explore the grounds and experience the spectacular views.

Nestled amongst part of Raby’s vast woodlands is the leafy Woodland Adventure Playground which is free to enjoy. Children have been known to spend hours here having fun on the rustic obstacle course that includes an army style zip wire, while adults can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Raby Park. The car park and picnic area are close by, as well as plenty of wide-open space for kids to run around. Our food kiosk sells a range of takeaway items to enjoy while they play.

The Coach House and Stables were designed by renowned architect John Carr in the late 1700s. The Coach House contains a notable set of 18th and 19th century coaches and carriages. Our collection includes 18th century travelling chariots, bearing the arms of the Earl of Darlington, the Raby State Coach, built in the early 19th century for the Duke of Cleveland, and hand-operated, horse-drawn fire engines.

Something for All the Family to Enjoy on a Day Out to Raby Castle 

There are a range of facilities, attractions and services designed to keep the whole family occupied on a day out at Raby Castle.

The Park and Gardens provide lots of opportunity for fresh air, fun and exercise. Our Woodland Adventure Playground will keep children entertained and bikes are available for the whole family to hire, so that you can explore the wider Park. Walking and cycling routes can be obtained from our admissions team when purchasing your ticket. 

The tranquil setting of Raby Castle is perfect for a leisurely stroll or to sit and find some peace in our fast-paced world.

Children's Activity Sheets

A free activity sheet leads children around all the rooms of the castle and helps bring history alive in the vast halls and chambers. The activity sheet can be collected on entry to the Castle at the Portcullis Gate, where the trail begins. There’ll be questions to answer and items to look out for, and our helpful guides are always on hand to assist with any tricky answers!

Organised activities take place throughout the year including Forest School activities and trails for children of all ages, group dog walks and Yoga. Please check our event pages for details.

Special Events

There is a programme of events that take place throughout the year, including the school holiday trails, Family Fun Days, Outdoor Theatre and our seasonal Markets. To find out more about what’s coming up this year visit the Whats On pages of the website.

The Stables Cafe and Shop are located in the Coach Yard. Admission is free. Our Stables Cafe was renovated in 2018. We have retained the character of the former horse stalls and updated the décor making this a stylish place to enjoy coffee, lunch and afternoon tea with friends and family. Many of the stalls still bear the name plaques of the horses that were once housed there.

The Stables Shop is adjacent to the Café and Coach House. It was also redesigned for 2018 and has lots of new items which have been carefully selected to offer visitors an interesting selection of gifts, homewares, confectionery, preserves, chutneys, toys and pocket money items to suit all budgets. Retail ranges change on a regular basis and include plants during the warmer months and a magical Christmas shop from November.

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Staindrop, Darlington, Durham, DL2 3AH

11.76 miles  
  01833 660202    


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