Raby Castle and the Bowes Museum
Raby Castle was mainly built in 14thc and is the home of Lord Barnard. It was the childhood home of the mother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III. The castle contains an interesting collection of furniture and paintings. Deer still roam the 250 acre park.
Just outside the town of Barnard Castle is the most fantastic French style chateau housing the Bowes Museum. It was purpose built in 19thc to house the collections of John and Joséphine Bowes. The collection includes paintings by Goya, Canaletto and El Greco, fine ceramics, furniture and textiles and a 230 year old Silver Swan automaton.