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Heritage

Teesdale is an area rich in heritage from castles, churches and stately homes to mining and industrial relics.

Bowes Museum Exterior

The Bowes Museum is a French Chateau in Barnard Castle with an extensive collection of European art. 

Raby Castle and Parkland

A wealth of history is waiting to be discovered at the fantastically preserved Raby Castle. 

View of Barnard Castle from the River

The 12th Century castle is perched on rock high above the river Tees in the centre of the Barnard Castle town. 

Rokeby Park

Rokeby Park is a stunning country house built in the Palladian style in the 1730's. 

Egglestone Abbey

Egglestone Abbey is an abandoned monastery on the banks of the river Tees just outside Barnard Castle. 

Bowes Castle

The impressive ruins of a 12th Century keep that was built to guard the Stainmore Pass.

Cockfield Fell

Explore history at Cockfield Fell which has been scheduled as England's largest ancient monument. 

Witham Hall Frontage

Visit the beautifully refurbished Witham Hall the centre for cultural activity in Barnard Castle.

Newbiggin Chapel

Nestled in Upper Teesdale in the tiny hamlet of Newbiggin is the world's oldest continuous use Methodist Chapel.

Barnard Castle entrance on heritage open day

Enjoy free access to a range of heritage sites in Teesdale during the annual Heritage Open Day celebrations.

Middleton in Teesdale Rooftops

Teesdale is rich with artistic inspiration and buildings with key historical connections in British history.