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Barnard Castle is found on the north side of the River Tees opposite Startforth and is locally known as ''Barney'' it is a richly historic town and is also the gateway to Teesdale. The Barnard Castle Hotels present an interesting collection for its many visitors and are sure to satisfy the needs of all visitors including the business man, the family group, the honey moon couple and the traveller.

The town is situated on the site of a Roman ford and grew up in the shelter of Bernard de Balliol's castle; this was built around 1125, on a high rock above the River Tees and this imposing and now ruined fortress last saw action in 1569 during the Northern Rising against Elizabeth l. The town is described through an elaborate layout of quaint cobbled streets, hidden courtyards and tiny winding back lanes that were first laid out in the 12th century.

At the towns centre is found an octagonal market cross or butter Market used once for the sale of dairy products, it is here that the town hall is found, the court house and the town lock-up. During the May bank Holiday weekend the town stages the Barnard Castle 'Meet''. This famous annual event features an open-air Rhythm 'n Blues festival and a carnival parade, the town hotels offer doorstep views of this fascinating event.

To learn more about the town take a trip the world famous Bowes Museum, originally opened in 1892, provides spellbinding stories of its history and internationally famous works by Goya, El Greco and Canaletto. The town is full of ancient shops home to antiques and most weekends the town fills up with collectors eagerly rummaging through for the latest finds. The landscape is dotted with beautiful gardens softening its edges and still more examples of idyllic landscape gardening is found at Eggleston Hall and ancient Raby castle. Nearby is the village of Cockfield famous for being the birthplace of Jeremiah Dixon, surveyor of the Mason-Dixon Line in North America.

The Barnard Castle Hotels are found throughout this varied landscape, the town centre offers heritage Hotels set on the narrow cobbled streets offering front row seats to the towns moving theatre. These may be presented through timber framed buildings, home to low slung ceiling and uneven flag stone floors, open fireplaces and deep comfortable lived in furniture beckons.

Approaching the town via its main roads business guests may choose the more modern chain hotel offering easy access to communication links and streamlined interiors where sophisticated technology provides the executive with the easiest of business transactions. These hotels offer all day eateries providing convenience and take away menus, business centres and extensive conference facilities provide the solution for functions and exhibitions.

Grand country Hotels are found flanking the town and provide exceptional views of the countryside and acres of manicured grounds, some offer challenging golf courses, horse riding, fishing and hunting, guest may take long country walks and adventurous hikes. These Hotels are hidden behind high walls and approached via long driveways to impressive entrances hosting antique furniture, oil paintings, sweeping staircases and dripping chandeliers.

Accommodations are presented through en suite bedrooms and multi roomed suites individually decorated and offering luxury and comfort, bedrooms offer four poster beds and king, queen and twins beds the rooms may connect for family purposes. Lavish en suite bathrooms pamper.

Fine dining is found through these extravagant hotels hosting international menus and a selection of vintage wines. Traditional bars provide local ales and a selection of wines and spirits, coffee houses greet the morning with fresh pastries and aromatic coffees.

The Barnard Castle Hotels are beautifully situated presenting picturesque views and delicious comforts ensuring memories of a lifetime.