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Raby Castle in Co Durham

Raby Castle - One of the largest and most impressive of English Medieval Castles

Raby Castle is one of the best-preserved castle's in North East England, Lord Barnard's home provides over 600 years of history and a glimpse of life throughout the ages. With examples of fine interiors and architecture spanning the Medieval, Victorian, Georgian and Regency periods providing a magnificent backdrop for the stunning art collection.

Set in the heart of the Durham Dales in Co. Durham, enjoy a family day out at Raby Castle. Explore the wonderful rooms of the Castle or take a quiet walk in the picturesque walled gardens; spot wildlife in the 200 acre deer park; see examples of transport from the past in the horse-drawn carriage collection, have a bite to eat in our cosy tearooms and watch the kids let off steam in the wide open spaces and woodland play area. You and your family can enjoy our programme of special events and activities taking place throughout the spring and summer.

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. For more information & latest prices and opening times visit

More Information on a Viait to Raby Castle For Families

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

Woodland Adventure Playground

Nestled amongst part of Raby’s vast woodlands is the shaded and leafy Woodland Adventure Playground. Children have been known to spend hours here having fun on the rustic obstacle course that includes an army style zip wire, 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 to run around.

Children’s Activity Sheets

We have developed a free activity sheet to lead children around the castle and help 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 and will lead children through all the rooms of the castle. 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!

Special Events

There is a programme of events that take place throughout the summer, including the popular Easter Treasure Trail, Family Fun Days, Outdoor & Family Theatre, Classic Car Shows and Markets. To find out more about what’s coming up this year visit the News and Events pages of the website.

For Babies

Baby changing facilities are available in both the female toilets and male accessible toilets.

Gift Shop & Tearooms

Housed in the Old Stables is the Raby Tearooms with the Gift Shop adjoining. A range of snacks, light lunches, cakes and drinks can be purchased from the tearooms as well as children’s lunch boxes; highchairs are available for young children. We regret that we are unable to re-heat baby food that has been brought in from outside the premises, due to food hygiene regulations.

The Gift Shop has a unique selection of gifts, souvenirs, confectionary, preserves, chutneys, toys and pocket money items to suit anyone’s budget.


Staindrop, Darlington, Durham, DL2 3AH

11.44 miles     01833 660202    

Autumn Activities

Autumn Activities

Now that we are in autumn everyone is looking for things to do with the kids to celebrate this lovely colourful season. Here we have some great ideas, and they don't all involve being cooped up indoors! Get out and enjoy the cooler, fresh air and the crunchy leaves under foot - you can always return home afterwards for a hot chocolate and a snuggle

Be safe this Bonfire Night

Be safe this Bonfire Night

Be safe this Bonfire Night by making sure that you, pets and your family know and follow the very important Fireworks Code. Have fun if you are going to an event or having friends and family round at home. It includes safety rules for sparklers too! You will also be able to download our Fireworks Code poster to display if you are hosting an event.