A Memorial Service for Harry John Neville Vane, 11th Baron Barnard, will be held at St Mary’s Church, Staindrop, DL2 3NJ at 2.30pm on Friday 6th May 2016. Donations, if desired, may be sent to St Mary’s Church...Read More
Due to the inclement weather conditions over the past few days and the weather forecast leading up to the weekend, we have no choice but to cancel the Horse Ride which was planned to take place this Sunday, 17th April, at Raby Castle organised by Co Durham Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. The horse box parking area is sodden with no chance of drying out enough before the event. We hope that a future date can be found to re-schedule the event.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience...Read More
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Harry John Neville Vane, the 11th Baron Barnard, who died peacefully surrounded by his family, at his home Raby Castle, Staindrop on Sunday, 3rd April 2016, aged 92 years.
The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad...Read More
In celebration of Visit England’s new campaign - The Year of the English Garden, we thought we’d make a start by telling you a little bit more about the walled gardens here at Raby Castle.
The 18th century walled gardens at Raby Castle are set within a 200 acre deer park in the heart of Teesdale. Designers such as Thomas Wright of Durham and James Paine worked to establish the gardens which now extend to five acres, with formal lawns, rose gardens and ornamental pond framing picturesque views of the Castle and the valley beyond.
The Gardens have been considerably altered during...Read More
On Sunday 13th September 2015, Raby Castle, Park & Gardens will be open as part of Heritage Open Days, a national scheme which aims to either, open up historic places usually closed to the public or, allow access for free. Therefore there will be no admission charges for visitors to Raby Castle on Sunday.
The Raby Deer Park, Walled Gardens, Gift Shop and Tearooms will be open as usual between 11am and 5pm. We do expect a high volume of visitors and therefore have decided to open the Castle slightly earlier than normal, at 12.30pm instead of 1pm.
Due to some space restrictions in some of...Read More
For this evening's outdoor theatre the advice is dress for the weather. The performance is open-air and there is no cover. Bring your own seat, drinks and picnics.
The Met Office says the rain is easing off a bit at 7pm. So don't be put off by the deluge this afternoon!
Tickets are non-refundable.
Leave umbrellas at home, they make it harder to hear the performance and for others behind you to see.
Wear a hat, a poncho and a smile instead!
Looks like it might not rain ALL evening! Click here to view the weather forecast for...Read More
Raby Castle, Park & Gardens has been awarded a Gold Accolade in the first round of 2015 VisitEngland Accolades in recognition of the quality visitor experience on offer.
Assessing everything from customer service to catering and the facilities, the accolades aim to recognise those attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable visitor experience. Introduced by VisitEngland in 2014, the accolades are available to attractions that are part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual assessment by...Read More
Raby Estates has today launched new mobile versions of its websites, rabycastle.com and highforcewaterfall.com.
The new websites can be found using the same website addresses, www.rabycastle.com and www.highforwaterfall.com but when accessed from a smart phone or tablet they will automatically upload in an easy to read format designed to be accessed on a handheld device.
Raby Estates Marketing Manager, Rachel said: “We felt it was important to ensure our visitors could easily use our websites on their smartphones, especially during the holiday season when many people are...Read More
In a change from our usual schedule, we will be operating guided tours ONLY on the following days:
Wednesday 1st July
Thursday 2nd July
Friday 3rd July
Monday 6th July
Thursday 9th July
There’s no need to book guided tours in advance, we will let you know the next available tour time when you arrive on the day of your visit, the Park and Gardens will be open to visit as usual.
We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, if you prefer not to take part in a guided tour then we suggest you visit us on a Sunday or during school holidays.
Our freeflow system,...Read More
Spring normally hails the beginning of some warmer weather, baby animals and spring blooms. It is also the start of the main tourist season and the re-opening of Raby Castle. On Sunday 3rd May until the end of September the Castle will be open on various days of the week for its annual opening season. Over the May bank holiday the castle’s gardens will also be hosting the 15th Annual Orchid Show on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May.
After a bumper Easter weekend, when visitor numbers to the Castle, Park & Gardens increased by more than 29% from last year, staff at the Castle are...Read More