Raby
Opening Days
Wednesday - Sunday (March – October) Tuesday - Sunday (July and August). Plus, bank holidays.
Opening Times
11am - 4pm
Prices
Adult £18.00 | Concession £17.00 | Children 4–15 years £10.00 | Under 4s Free | Family (2 adults & 3 children) £55.00 | HH Member Free | Raby Members Free

The Castle

A powerful exterior with a superb collection of art and artefacts.

Raby is without doubt one of the most impressive intact castles in the North of England. Built in the 14th century by the powerful Neville family, it has a long history. Home to Cecily Neville, mother of two kings of England, it was also the scene of the plotting of the Rising of the North and a Parliamentary stronghold during the Civil War.

The approach to the castle is particularly beautiful as its towers appear and disappear amongst the trees of the surrounding parkland with its ornamental lakes and herds of deer. The exterior with medieval towers, terrace and embattled walls dates back to the 11th Century.

Originally moated and accessed via a drawbridge, the Castle was built as a palace fortress. It is characterised by a sequence of massive towers linked by curtain walls. It’s completeness is of national significance as a largely single-phase structure, with one twelfth century survival (Bulmer’s Tower).

The Nevilles, responsible for building the 14th century Castle which still stands today, continued to live at Raby until 1569 when, after the failure of the Rising of the North, the Castle and its lands were forfeited to the Crown. The 6th Earl of Westmorland was the last of the Nevilles to live at Raby Castle.

He fled from Raby in 1569 after The Rising of the North and died in exile in Holland in 1601.

In 1626, Sir Henry Vane the Elder, Member of Parliament and important member of Charles I’s household, purchased Raby from the Crown. The Vane family still own Raby, the present owner being the 12th Lord Barnard.

Complimentary Raby Castle Quest Trail

Come on our Raby Castle quest and explore the beautiful interiors while completing our family activity trail. Do you know how many sides the Octagon Drawing Room has? Or how many paintings of horses you can count in the Small Drawing Room?

This trail is included FREE with every castle ticket

Interiors, furnishings and artworks

Behind its powerful fortifications, Raby Castle is our family home with many Medieval, Regency and Victorian interiors. We also have a range of art, textiles and furniture from England and Europe dating from the 17th to the 20th Century.

Family portraits by leading artists, 18th and 19th Century sporting paintings, including work by Sir Alfred Munnings, and important pictures such as ‘The Circumcision of Christ’ and ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ by Luca Giodano can be seen around the Castle.

Porcelain and sculpture ranging from Victorian copper cooking utensils to The Raby Tapestry on the floor of the Barons’ Hall are showcased in our rooms.

Experience our Thomas Weeks Cabinet

Collections Project

In 2022 two graduate students undertook a project to uncover the secrets behind a historic piece within the castle collections.

Rooms

Visitors to Raby can experience the Blue Bedroom, designed for very important visitors to the Castle in the 19th Century and the head housekeeper’s bedroom which is starkly furnished with a couple of ornaments and a wardrobe. Other 18th and 19th century rooms to experience are the small Drawing Room, library and Ante-Library.

Our spectacular Octagon Drawing Room is a most-rare survivor of an 1840’s room with meticulously restored decoration and the kitchen, built in 1360 and still almost completely in its original medieval form.

Interior, Raby Castle
Barons Hall
The Blue Bedroom, Raby Castle

The Entrance Hall constructed as a carriageway, Gothic decorated Chapel and spectacular Barons’ Hall have fascinating heritage and dramatic interiors and the handsome Victorian Dining Room, created by William Burn is also a picture gallery containing many important artworks.

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