Discover medieval walled gardens at Raby Castle

Durham Dales

Visit one of England’s finest medieval castles, and explore the medieval walled gardens and 200 acre deer park.

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Raby Castle in the Durham Dales was built in the 14th Century by the mighty Neville’s, and has been home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626.

As well as exploring the castle, visitors can enjoy the traditional 18th Century ornamental walled gardens; the walls of locally hand-made bricks were constructed with flues which, and when heated, enabled sub-tropical fruits such as apricots to be grown on the south terrace. Of these, only the White Ischia Fig brought to Raby in 1786 by William Harry, Lord Barnard, still survives in its specially built house, fruiting annually.

Many of the original features remain in the gardens too, including two fine yew hedges, and the ornamental pond, which was originally constructed to provide water for the kitchen garden. And for the kids, don't miss the woodland adventure playground.

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