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History[change | change source]
Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it was built. It is the main settlement in the Teesdale area, and is a popular tourist destination. The Bowes Museum has the best collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, housed in a "magnificent" 19th century French-style chateau. Its most famous exhibit is the 18th century Silver Swan automaton, though art includes work by Goya and El Greco.
Location[change | change source]
Barnard Castle sits on the north bank of the River Tees, opposite Startforth and 21 miles (34 km) south-west of the county town of Durham. Nearby towns include Bishop Auckland to the north-east, Darlington to the east and Richmond in North Yorkshire to the south-east.
Economy[change | change source]
Barnard Castle's largest single employer is GlaxoSmithKline which has a manufacturing facility on the outskirts of town.