Barnard Castle remains one of the most beautiful and safest places to live in the United Kingdom, and the historic market town was named as one of The Guardian’s ’10 of the UK’s best small towns’
Our School is surrounded by open countryside and areas of natural beauty in Teesdale, yet is close enough to major cities and regional transport links to offer the best of both worlds. Visit our Transport Links page for more information.
The town, built around the 12th Century castle from which it takes its name, boasts impressive Medieval, Georgian and Victorian stone buildings, a cobbled market place, riverside and woodland walks.
As a thriving market town, which is a five minutes’ walk from School, it retains a friendly intimacy while providing a full range of independent and national retailers, quaint teashops and services. The Bowes Museum, located next to our School, is an exceptional building, which hosts exhibitions of international renown and The Witham, a thriving arts venue, is located in the centre of the town. In addition, Barnard Castle has a leisure centre with indoor swimming pool and sports hall, and thriving cricket, football and rugby clubs.
Teesdale is the most southerly of the Durham Dales and part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is home to England’s biggest waterfall, High Force, Cow Green Reservoir and Low Force waterfalls.
Lastly, the nearby 2,000-hectare Hamsterley Forest offers a host of walking and off-road cycle trails and the area boasts rolling grouse moors and hay meadows, providing plenty of opportunity to enjoy the dale’s peaceful tranquillity.