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Barnard Castle

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Specialty Museums · Castles · Gardens
Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it grew up. It is the main settlement in the Teesdale area, and is a popular tourist destination. The Bowes Museum has the best collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, housed in a "magnificent" 19th-century French-style chateau. Its most famous exhibit is the 18th-century Silver Swan automaton, though art includes work by Goya and El Greco.Barnard Castle sits on the north bank of the River Tees, opposite Startforth and 21mi south-west of the county town of Durham. Nearby towns include Bishop Auckland to the north-east, Darlington to the east and Richmond in North Yorkshire to the south-east.Barnard Castle's largest single employer is GlaxoSmithKline which has a manufacturing facility on the outskirts of town.
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Specialty Museum
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Duration: 4 hours
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Castle
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Garden
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Ruin
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Side trips from Barnard Castle

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Wildlife Area
Teesdale Alpacas
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Landmark
The Witham
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Church
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Gift & Specialty Shop
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Shopping in Barnard Castle

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Gift & Specialty Shop
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Jagrat
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Museums in Barnard Castle

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Art Gallery
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Historic Sites in Barnard Castle

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Church
St Mary's Catholic Church
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