Special interactive tours of the Castle for children were introduced for the first time this year at Raby, led by Mike our Friendly Footman. They have been a huge hit with families and they are back again for October Half Term. We caught up with Mike to find out what visitors can expect from these fun events.
How are the children’s tours different to other tours of the Castle?
They are not a history lesson – although there will be plenty of tales from the past. These are fun events, full of activities and laughter. Time flies for the adults and the children and there is a chance...Read More
Raby Castle will be open for the first time during October Half Term this year giving families an opportunity to enjoy spooky treasure trails, children’s castle tours, games, crafts and much more.
The tearooms and gift shop are now open daily throughout the year from 9am. The Park and Gardens will also be open daily until November 4th. Special autumn and Halloween themed children’s events will be held throughout the Half Term holidays from Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November.
Families can explore the 200-acre deer park and take part in a Halloween Trail...Read More
Raby Castle will be giving visitors a behind the scenes glimpse into areas that are not usually open to the public this autumn.
This will be the first year that the castle and grounds have been open during the autumn. In addition to the exclusive pre-bookable guided castle tours, which will be held on selected dates in October, the park and gardens will be open until November 4 and the tearooms and gift shop will all be open daily from 9am all year.
Castle tours will be held on selected dates between October 5 and November 4. Visitors will have a chance to hear fascinating stories of the...Read More
Christmas at Raby Castle will be bigger than ever this year with appearances by Santa’s real reindeer, Elvis the Shetland pony and an opportunity for children to enjoy breakfast pancakes cooked to Mrs Claus’s special recipe before joining Father Christmas for fireside stories.
Adults can experience the castle at Christmas too thanks to an exclusive afternoon tea event which will be hosted in the Grand Entrance Hall where the roaring fire and huge tree will recreate the festive atmosphere of days gone by. There will also be a chance to glimpse some of the castle rooms all...Read More
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...Read More
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)
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...Read More
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.
By far the most dramatic waterfall in Upper Teesdale – and one of...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More