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
The stunning ‘Greek Slave’ statue, one of the most important artefacts from Raby Castle, has recently been transported to the Tate Britain, London, where it will be a highlight at their ‘Sculpture Victorious’ Exhibition which opens on 24th February.
Clare Owen our Curator said: “This is a stunning statue and one of our most treasured, we’re thrilled it was chosen to be part of this exhibition.”
The statue is the primary version of one of the most famous sculptures of the 19th century and is the work of the American sculptor Hiram Powers who...Read More
The cold snap hit Raby Castle this week, but the ice and snow did not put off Press Association Photographer, Owen Humphreys as he ventured out in the freezing conditions in Raby Park to capture some stunning images of the landscape and wildlife.
His photograph of our herd of red deer huddled together moving through the snow even made it onto the front covers of the national papers, including The Times and The Independent as well as numerous local papers and on-line galleries.
We’re thrilled that Owen has allowed us to use some of his images to show our followers and they can be...Read More
We would like to thank all our customers for visiting and supporting us over the festive season and wish everyone a fabulous, fun-filled Christmas and a very happy new year!
The Christmas Shop, Tearooms and Christmas Trees are now closed for the rest of the winter.
The Castle, Park and Gardens will re-open to visitors for Easter weekend 2015. Visit our events pages to find out what will be going on at Raby Castle next year.
Season tickets for 2015 are also available to buy on-line now. They provide unlimited access to Raby Park and Gardens throughout the Summer season and also...Read More
We are taking orders now for seasoned hardwood and softwood logs for Pre-Christmas delivery.
Logs can be delivered within 15 miles of Staindrop, please call 01833 660207 between 9am and 4.30pm to order.
Christmas Opening Hours for ordering Logs:
24th December to 1st January: Closed
2nd January: Re-open for orders and collections.
Wishing all our customers a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New...Read More
A note from Santa's Elves:
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,
Raby Castle Christmas Trees, with the Christmas Shop and Tearooms will also be open daily between 10am and 5pm from 30th November until 22nd December. Raby Castle will remain closed...Read More
This Sunday marks the opening of our popular festive season, with the Taste of Teesdale Christmas market taking place between 10am and 4pm. There’ll also be freshly cut real Christmas trees on sale and the famous Raby Christmas Shop and Tearooms will also be open daily until 22nd December between 10am and 5pm in the grounds of the Castle.
The Taste of Teesdale Christmas Market, which is organised by Barnard Castle Farmers Market, will feature around 30 stalls offering the very best food & drink ideas from around the region. Fresh Raby venison will be available on the market,...Read More
Tickets for our popular Santa’s Grotto have gone on sale online. Santa will be in his woodland grotto here in the grounds of the Castle from 30th November until 22nd December 2014.
The grotto will open on Sunday 30th November, along with Raby’s renowned Christmas Shop, Tearooms and freshly cut Christmas Tree sales, and we’ll also be welcoming the Taste of Teesdale producers market for the first day of our Christmas season.
To reduce queue times, visits to Santa’s Grotto must be booked in advance, available dates and times can be checked by clicking here. Visits to...Read More
With over 30 local exhibitors, we’re sure you will enjoy wandering around the array of stalls here in the grounds of Raby Castle on Sunday 21st September 2014. Enjoy the musical and family entertainment we have lined up, including the famous Punch & Judy show from Brian Llewellyn, and up and coming local folk group Gegenforde.
Hailing form the village of Gainford, this group of 8 friends had a love for playing their instruments, so after deciding to set up their group in 2013 they now have a repertoire of over 90 folk songs, Gegenforde will be playing a number of acoustic...Read More
The Park and Gardens at Raby will be free for all visitors for one day only as we take part in Heritage Open Days on Sunday 14th September.
Heritage Open Days is a three-day, National Scheme which aims to either open up historic places usually closed to the public or allow access for free. Visitors will have the chance to access Raby's 200 acres of historic parkland and 18th Century walled gardens, for which an entrance fee is normally charged, as part of Heritage Open Days on Sunday 14th September.
The scheme is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year: “2014 is a landmark year for...Read More