Raby Castle is a Grade I listed medieval castle which was built between 1367-1390 by John Nevill, 3rd Baron Nevill de Raby and has been the seat of Lord Barnard and his family since the early 17th century. The castle is set within 200 acres of deer park and is open to the public.
The Castle is currently going through an exciting two-year major development period. Known as The Rising, the development will allow for an ambitious programme of renovation and improvements at the Castle, Park and Gardens. The vibrant scheme, incorporating beautiful landscaping will provide access for the public to spectacular heritage buildings, some of which have never been open to the public before. The benefits of the scheme are wide-ranging but a significant increase in visitor numbers, aligned with the County Durham Tourism Management Plan, will undoubtedly bring an economic boost to the local area.
High-quality residential developments at Gainford and Staindrop will fund the restoration of Gainford Hall primarily, as well as supporting the restoration of the heritage buildings within the Raby Castle scheme.
In addition to opening up magnificent heritage buildings, the development will increase accessibility to the beautiful parkland setting, contributing towards the health and well-being of visitors and the local community.
The developments at Raby Castle are far-reaching and will be phased to allow for staged investment. Raby seeks to retain its current visitors whilst also attracting new markets by interpreting its fascinating history in new and accessible ways. Raby has a long-established history of welcoming visitors and the newly designed spaces will continue this tradition.
Historic uses of the various components of the Castle site will inspire their re-use including the housing and care of carriages; the growing of flowers and vegetables; gardens laid out to provide both quiet contemplation and spaces to host concerts.
The walled gardens will be re-designed, retaining key historic attributes such as the splendid yew hedges and water features. The Grade II* Coach House will be re-purposed to create spaces for interpreting the history of Raby, classroom space and retail displays for Estate and local produce. The Riding School will form a magnificent venue for events and exhibitions of all kinds and the rarely seen Dutch Barn behind, provides a perfect setting for a range of events including covered seasonal markets. The development plans include a high-quality, bespoke children’s play area located within the former nursery to the north of the proposed car park. This has now been completed and you can find out more on The Plotters’ Forest page.
Raby is proud to work with superb local producers, and it is hoped that this network will grow as the Castle development evolves, further supporting local economic growth. Future phases of the development may include spaces for local businesses and creative industries to be based, setting the scene for an artisan community to develop at Raby.
Raby is proud to be working with a highly experienced team of designers to ensure the project is delivered sympathetically and to the highest professional standards. Raby is working with respected heritage architects Donald Insall Associates on the Raby Castle buildings. Luciano Giubbilei has been appointed to design the Walled Garden scheme and Alistair W Baldwin Associates have provided the wider landscape design. Cap.Co have designed an exciting scheme for the newly created playground.