Northern Pennine Self-catering holidays in Barnard Castle would be incomplete without a trip to the renowned Bowes Museum, where North England’s best collection of fine and decorative European art can be explored. Housed in a 19th century French-style chateau, it features pieces by Goya and El Greco and the famous Silver Swan automaton. Take a wander into the town centre from your holiday cottage in Barnard Castle and you will find narrow streets packed with independent businesses. There is a variety of shops selling antiques, jewellery, vintage clothes, books and lots more. The town is also a paradise for food-lovers with family-run butchers, green grocers and a farmers’ market at the Cobbles in the marketplace. 

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A stone’s throw from holiday cottages in Barnard Castle, Witham Arts Centre has a busy programme of theatre, live music and comedy, as well as hosting an annual outdoor Shakespeare production by the Castle Players. Barnard Castle is surrounded by the unspoiled Teesdale countryside which inspired Walter Scott’s epic poem Rokeby. Within a couple of miles of the town centre, you can walk for miles past becks, gorges and woods without seeing another soul. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park are also on the town’s doorstep.