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Raby Castle has been chosen by the UK’s leading holiday rentals site HolidayLettings.co.uk (owned by TripAdvisor) as one of the final 12 competitors in the running to be named the UK’s Most Popular Castle. To win the award, the Castle will need to receive the most votes on the Holiday Letting’s website. Voting ends on 20th June (mid-night), with the Castle receiving the most votes crowned “The UK’s Most Popular Castle 2017” on the 21st June. To drum up the support for our Castle, vote here – and feel free to encourage others to do the same! You can...
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Easter Saturday marks the beginning of the open season for Raby Castle, Park & Gardens, which will now be open from Wednesday to Sunday each week until the end of September. This is the first time the Castle and grounds have been open on Saturdays. As well as this, during the peak summer season in July and August, the Castle, Park & gardens will be open each Tuesday and bank holidays as well – giving you even more opportunities to visit! Visitors are welcome to explore the fully intact rooms inside the Castle, as well as the 200 acre deer park and picturesque walled gardens....
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Lord Barnard is delighted to announce that Duncan Peake will take up the role of Chief Executive of the Raby Estate starting in June 2017. Mr Peake, 57, will join Raby having spent nearly 10 years managing the Holker Group of Companies on behalf of Lord and Lady Cavendish of the Holker Estate in Cumbria. Duncan is a qualified Chartered Surveyor hailing from Blackburn in Lancashire, originally studying Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. He has 30 years’ experience with a successful track record developing some of the UK’s foremost landed estate...
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  Santa is a very busy man and unfortunately he is now fully booked for children to come and see him at Raby Castle. He'll soon be getting ready for his long journey around the world, so we cannot take any further bookings. Don't worry, he'll still be visiting your house on Christmas Eve! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and sprinkle of pixie dust, Regards, The...
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  The collection of Horse Drawn Carriages at Raby Castle was catalogued this week, for a major project being organised by the Carriage Foundation.  David Haigh and Bill Addinall, travelled from Huddersfield on behalf of the Carriage Foundation visited to have a look at our collection of horse-drawn vehicles. The Carriage Foundation is a group of experts and enthusiasts of horse-drawn vehicles who work on an entirely voluntary basis! The Foundation’s first major project will provide a freely accessible online database containing a detailed list of historic horse-drawn...
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  During Spring 2016 Raby Castle was transformed into a film set for the new and upcoming series of Victoria, premiering on Sunday 28th August on ITV. Victoria, a British drama, follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at the age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. The eight-episode series includes Doctor Who and Emmerdale star Jenna Coleman as Victoria, alongside other names such as Eve Myles, best known for her role in Torchwood. Here at Raby Castle we were thrilled to be chosen as a location for various scenes in the...
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  Robert Hillary, a Tour Guide who has worked at Raby Castle for 8 years, has been short-listed for this year’s Durham Tourism Superstar Award in recognition of his hard work and dedication. The competition, which is now in its third year, is run by Visit County Durham and seeks to honour and celebrate tourism professionals who go the extra mile to ensure visitors enjoy their stay. Robert began working as a guide at Raby Castle after retiring from local government. He grew up in Raby Avenue, Barnard Castle and fondly remembers family visits to the Castle, so it seems fitting...
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County Durham Federation of Young Farmers Clubs are again organising a pleasure ride to help them raise funds for their organisation. There will be the option to complete either a 5 mile or 10 mile ride which is off-road on private land, in a virtually traffic free area of fantastic scenery. Parking for horseboxes is within the grounds of Raby Castle, please enter through the main gates and follow signs for Horsebox Parking. Riders can pay and enter on the day and can set off between 10am and 12pm. Riders are asked not to arrive any earlier than 9.30am. The cost is £10 for YFC...
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  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...
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