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31 August 2022

Barnard Castle: A Town Filled with History

Barnard Castle is a charming market town in Northern England and is filled with local heritage and history, with sights to see everywhere you turn. The stunning market town has something for everyone with local entertainment and community clubs, great amenities and idyllic countryside views

At Tilia, we continuously seek to bring new homes to stunning locations across England. That’s why Barnard Castle is home to our Castle Croft development. Read on to discover our top five reasons why you should make the town the next place you call home.

1. A Town Named After History

If you love to be surrounded by history and visiting local sights, Barnard Castle is the perfect place for you to consider your next home. The market town itself was named after the castle it was originally built around, and its remains are classed as a grade 1 listed building that dates all the way back to the 12th century. Not far from the castle sits Egglestone Abbey, the ruins of a small monastery just on the southern banks of the River Tees – just another one of Barnard Castle’s picturesque sights.

The town has plenty to explore including the Market Cross, locally known as the ‘Butter Market’ that is located right in the centre of the town after being built in 1747. In addition, the Barnard Castle stone bridge dates back to the 14th century and connects the town to Stratforth overlooking the castle.

2. Countryside Sights

Barnard Castle is surrounded by charming countryside views and is recognised as a ‘walkers are welcome’ town with plenty of green open space to explore. These parks include Deepdale Nature reserve, River View leisure park and Flats Wood hiking trail, all full of nature and wildlife to walk amongst and enjoy whilst you take in the views. Barnard Castle also sits alongside the River Tees, another easy-going route to hike, run or bike along, giving you plenty of opportunities to get outdoors.

3. Great Local Amenities

Castle Croft has been perfectly situated to give you easy access to great amenities in the local area, and with the town of Barnard Castle becoming a tourist attraction with all of its attraction and history, there are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area. The town centre is filled with a wide choice of restaurants, tea shops, cafes and pubs – known for their home-made food. The town also holds a monthly farmers market on ‘the cobbles’ and is one of the North East’s most popular markets selling artisan food and crafts from the local region.

Not far from the development is the Bowes Museum, an art museum with stunning gardens set in a 19th century French-style chateau that opened back in 1982 and gives the town that extra bit of heritage and culture to appreciate. For live entertainment, The Witham community arts centre in Barnard Castle offers a wide range of events and live performances of theatre, music, dance, film and comedy – with something there for everyone to enjoy.

4. A Community Feel

If you’re looking to get involved with your local community, Castle Croft is in close proximity to a wide range of clubs and centres for you to join and participate in. For those active types, Barnard Castle is home to a choice of sports clubs including a rugby, cricket and golf club all with community teams ready for you to sign up.

Barnard Castle’s TCR Hub holds a wide range of social events keeping everyone in the community in mind, with family social clubs and support sessions, and they have ongoing projects within the local area – there’s always something to do and never a dull moment in Barnard Castle.

5. Quality Education

For those families looking for a place to settle down with a good choice of schools in the local area, Castle Croft might be the spot for you as Barnard Castle has a wide range of quality schools close by. The education level ranges from nursery to sixth form with schools such as Montalbo Nursery and Primary School, the independent Barnard Castle School, and OFSTED outstanding rated Teesdale School and Sixth Form.

If Barnard Castle seems like the place for you, visit our Castle Croft development and find out about the two-, three- and four-bed properties available to avoid missing out.

Castle croft news 31.8.22

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