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Superb art, textiles and furniture from England and Europe dating from the 17th to the 20th Century


Many family portraits including several by leading artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Francis Grant can be seen around the Castle, ranging from Charles Nevill, the last Nevill to own Raby, to Harry John Neville Vane, 11th Lord Barnard and current owner. (See Raby History for examples)

'An Artist's Studio' (1640) by Flemish Baroque painter David Teniers the Younger hangs in the Ante-Library.

18th & 19th century sporting paintings in the Small Drawing Room, which include a work by Sir Alfred Munnings, reflect the Vane family's strong interest in sporting pursuits.

Important pictures hang on the Grand Staircase, notably 'The Circumcision of Christ', and 'The Adoration of the Magi', by Luca Giordano, and 'A Group of Musicians', attributed to Veronese.

Other painters featured are Pieter De Hooch, Anthony Van Dyck, J. E. Herring, I.M. Cohen, Thomas Barker, Giles Hussey, Marco and Sebastiano Ricci, Amigoni and Cornelis de Vos.

Crafts - Porcelain, Sculpture and Armoury

The graceful marble statue of the "Greek Slave", by American sculpture Hiram Powers in the Entrance Hall, caused a sensation when exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was bought by Duke Henry in 1861.

The 14th century Kitchen has a massive array of Victorian copper cooking utensils, of which the many intriguingly shaped jelly and pâté moulds are a particular favourite.

The Library, decorated with fox emblems on pelmets, cornices and fireplace friezes, dates from the 1820's and houses multi-tiered 18th century porcelain Chinese pagodas of the Ch'ien Lung period Ornaments such as these were used as ballast when tea was brought from China.

The Raby Tapestry on the floor of Barons' Hall was worked by Lady Grace Fitzroy, wife of the 1st Earl of Darlington and grand-daughter of Charles II and Barbara Villiers.

In the same room, large Meissen birds, by Kaendler and Kirchner, surmount the fire places. All five of them - Pelican, Eagle, Cockerel, Vulture and Turkey were originally made for the Japanese Palace in Dresden around 1730.

Furnishings - Furniture and decorative items

A French ormolu clock, purchased at the Paris Exhibition in 1861, and a Queen Anne walnut veneered bookcase, one of the oldest pieces in the Castle, can be seen in the Small Drawing Room.

The Barons' Hall is furnished with George IV Gothic Revival Oak and Giltwood furniture attributed to Morel and Seddon.

On Bulmer's Stair examples of Flemish 17th Century tapestry can be seen.

In the Ante Library stands an elaborate 17th century table cabinet-on-stand, known as The Temple of Hymen, with detail work of Flemish scarlet tortoiseshell inlaid with floral marquetry.

Raby Castle Opening Times

Castle & Gardens

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 4pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Teamrooms & Shops

Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 4pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

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