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Barnard Castle (locally [ˈbɑːnəd ˈkæsəl], BAH-nəd KASS-əl) is a market town on the north bank of the River Tees, in County Durham, Northern England. The town is named after and built around a mediaeval castle ruin. The town's Bowes Museum's has an 18th-century Silver Swan automaton exhibit and paintings by Goya and El Greco.

It sits on the opposite bank to Startforth and is 21 miles (34 km) south-west of the county town of Durham. Nearby towns include Bishop Auckland to the north-east, Darlington to the east and Richmond in North Yorkshire to the south-east. The largest employer is GlaxoSmithKline, with a manufacturing facility on the town's outskirts.
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  • We arrived quite early and it was off season so it was very quiet on the site and we found it easier than usual to find nearby parking. It has a fascinating history - not least the links with... 
    We arrived quite early and it was off season so it was very quiet on the site and we found it easier than usual to find nearby parking. It has a fascinating history - not least the links with...  more »
  • The town is worth a vist and also tne castle it’s self Some loveky views abs wroth stoping at for a few hours 
    The town is worth a vist and also tne castle it’s self Some loveky views abs wroth stoping at for a few hours  more »

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