The castle from which Barnard Castle takes its name still dominates this attractive market town in County Durham. On one side of the castle the River Tees runs along the bottom of the walls, while on the other the bustling market place is surrounded by independent shops and antiques dealers. The Market Cross, from 1747, makes an appealing focal point. The Bowes Museum on the outskirts of the town houses an impressive collection of fine arts in a sumptuous French-style chateau.
The town is close to fine walking country. There is a good selection of inns and B&Bs in Barnard Castle where you can be sure of a hearty breakfast before exploring the beauty of nearby Teesdale and the North Pennines.