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Barnard Castle (Barnard Castle)

Barnard Castle is an impressive ruined castle at the market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham.

The substantial remains stand on a rugged escarpment overlooking the River Tees.

The castle was built by the powerful Bernard Balliol, after whom the town is named, in the 12th century, on the site of an earlier castle which had been built in about 1100 by his uncle Guy de Balliol, from Picardy.

The Balliol family later distinguished themselves by providing Kings of Scotland and founding Balliol College at Oxford.

Richard III acquired the castle by marriage, and was a great benefactor to the town.

Among the surviving portions today are the 14th century Great Hall and the 12th century cylindrical tower.

There is a sensory garden.

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