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The British Library has selected a 300-year-old work of art from Raby Castle’s private collection to illustrate its Discovering Literature project. The painting of poet Alexander Pope holding a copy of the Iliad, which he translated, is by Sir Godfrey Kneller and dates back to 1719. It is part of the castle’s extensive art collection and hangs in the Dining Room of Raby Castle, in Staindrop near Darlington, where it is on public display. Pope was born in London in 1688 and his famous written works include The Rape of the Lock, a mock epic poem about a woman whose lock of hair...
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Enjoy a summer of fun at Raby Castle with activities for the whole family right through the school holidays. Our garden trails and children’s castle tours are back by popular demand and we have a host of special events including outdoor theatre, our August Bank Holiday Tap and exciting Forest School activities. Plus, our Tearooms, Gift Shop and Woodland Play Area are free of charge to visitors. The Tearooms are open daily from 9am for ice creams, drinks, snacks, lunches and afternoon teas.    Garden Treasure Trails (Park and Gardens Ticket required) Daily Treasure...
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If you are visiting Raby Castle and High Force this summer don’t miss the fascinating outdoor art exhibition that is on display beside the River Tees at Low Force. Low Force is one of the picturesque waterfalls of Upper Teesdale, just off the B6277 between Raby Castle and High Force or around 1.6 miles from High Force along the Pennine Way. “Natural Creation” brings to life the area’s extraordinary geological past. The installation features the work of artist Rob Mullholland with polished metal figures mirroring the landscape around them. This exhibition is all...
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Discover the Waterfalls of Upper Teesdale The reason Upper Teesdale is so famous for its spectacular waterfalls dates back nearly 300 million years. Molten volcanic rock solidified to create the Whin Sill, a thick sill of dolerite which is still a feature of the North East landscape to this day, resisting erosion and channelling the River Tees over steep drops, gentler slopes and stepped surfaces. This unique landscape is part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a UNESCO Global Geopark. High Force By far the most dramatic waterfall in Upper Teesdale – and one of...
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Raby Castle will be the backdrop for two exciting outdoor theatre productions this summer. HandleBards is the world’s first cycling theatre company and they will present two classic Shakespeare plays in a unique and family friendly way. On Saturday 4th August Raby Castle will host a production of the famous love story Romeo and Juliet which will be full of energy, fun and entertainment value. As anyone who has taken advantage of our bike hire here at Raby Castle will know, the grounds are perfect for cycling but this show will take that to a new level, incorporating drama, chaos,...
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This is the time of year when our female deer give birth and although it is very exciting to see babies around the park we always remind our visitors to respect their privacy and keep a safe distance. If you see a baby deer in the park do not approach it, even if it appears to be on its own. Its mother won’t be too far away and you could be putting the calf and yourself at risk by going too close. There are a couple of important reasons why mothers and babies should be left alone. Mothers can become aggressive when protecting their young and we would encourage parents to make sure...
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With so much to see in the Walled Garden during the summer months we have decided to open the park and gardens daily from 9am. Starting from 5th June, the Walled Garden and Park will now be open throughout the week, including Monday and Tuesday. Park and Gardens admission will apply and tickets can be purchased in the Gift Shop. Our Tearooms, Gift Shop and Woodland Play Area are also open every day from 9am which means visitors can enjoy morning coffee or brunch before exploring the gardens or call in for lunch or afternoon tea later in the day. We also offer bike hire and this is a...
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Volunteering at Raby Castle can be a rewarding and fascinating hobby and our volunteers play an important role in helping us build a sustainable future for this important historic site.Everyone on the Estate values the important contribution of time and enthusiasm that our volunteers give so generously and we are always pleased to hear about their own positive experiences of being part of the Estate team. We spoke to one of our volunteers Val about why she loves being part of the visitor experience at Raby Castle and how much she’s discovered about its rich history. Val Fawcett has...
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We know many of our visitors are keen gardeners who love coming to Raby Castle to wander through the Walled Gardens to watch their colours change through Spring, Summer and early Autumn so we are always pleased when we have the opportunity to host extra events for plant and garden lovers. We have two fantastic events planned for each of the May Bank Holiday weekends.  On Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May we will be hosting the annual Orchid Show once again with fabulous displays of Orchids including many exotic and rare species. We will be welcoming back the North East of England and...
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Bike hire is now available to visitors so that they can explore our 200 acres of spectacular parkland on two wheels. The huge expanse of open space offers an idyllic cycling environment and a chance to glimpse the castle from different angles.  Riders can look out for red deer, fallow deer and plenty of other wildlife.  Please respect the privacy of the animals when you ride around the park, particularly between May and July when the deer are calving. Young baby deer should never be approached as human scent can deter the adult deer from returning to feed the calves. Admire these...
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