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...Read More
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...Read More
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