Barnard Castle – the market town
The Barnard Castle region
Experience the market town's antique shops and food delights, as you stroll the streets of Barnard and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Barnard Castle (the market town) is the surrounding region named after the town castle and is ideal for walking, cycling, shopping, or just hanging out with friends and family. The market town is the place where you can easily find yourself on an exploration of quaint streets and lush green areas while soaking in the region's local charms. A visit to the monthly farmer's market will present the perfect opportunity to savor delicious locally inspired meals at the various restaurants, cafes and pubs that lend to the market town area being host to a welcoming space for tourists and locals alike.
A shopper's delight
A haven for discerning shoppers and treasure seekers, the town's many antique shops provide a charming shopping experience. Many of the town's shops are thriving independent retailers. On offer on the high street are many distinctive products, many made locally. There are shops selling home décor, second-hand books, designer clothes, jewelry, accessories, vintage and retro items, local crafts, gifts, and much more.
Arts, culture and events
The Witham arts center features an events program of music, theatre, film and comedy that is at the heart of the town's wide range of cultural events. From events in the many surrounding village halls, to concerts in churches and an annual outdoor Shakespeare production by The Castle Players, there's plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy.
A taste of local life
For food lovers, locally produced foods can be found in the independent butcher, green grocer, baker and specialist shops, or at the monthly farmer's market held on "the cobbles" every first Saturday of the month. The restaurants, cafés and pubs serve good quality home-made food with local produce at the forefront of their menus.
Other sights and things to do around the market town
In the center of town stands an octagonal building formally known as the Market Cross, and locally referred to as the Butter Market. Not to be missed the Bowes Museum is an impressive museum set in a charming French-style château, surrounded by beautiful gardens and serene parkland. The museum houses a collection of fine decorative arts and is regarded as one of the most significant museums outside London. The Eggleston Hall Gardens, commonly known as the Secret Garden of the North is 4.5-acres of winding paths and walls that lead visitors along planted borders, running alongside a stream and a stoic 16th-Century churchyard. Whatever your choosing, there is much to see and do in the surrounding castle region for all.