NZ 129-218 County Durham England
Raby Castle is a 12th century stone fortified manor house, founded by Dolfin, son of Uchtred. In 1378, John de Nevill was granted licence to crenellate and he founded an imposing quadrangular castle. Encasing a central courtyard and joined by medieval and modern curtain walls, are eight massive obliquely placed towers, the Chapel Gate and the Nevill Gateway. A concentric curtain wall, which is now reduced to a simple parapet, is flanked by shallow rectangular turrets and an outer gatehouse. In the 18th and 19th century, the castle and grounds were considerably altered but remarkably the Kitchen Tower of 1360, still retains its original medieval form. 7 miles south-west is Barnard Castle.
Raby Castle is located north of Staindrop, off the A688. 18 miles south-west of Durham, on the B6288-A688.
The site is owned by Raby Estates and is open, Easter Saturday to Monday, Sunday to Wednesday May, June and September, Sunday to Friday July to August, Park and Gardens 11:00-5:30pm, Castle 1:00-4:30pm.
There is a car park.