New visitor destination ‘The Rising’ opens at Raby Castle in County Durham

After six years of planning, Raby Castle has opened its doors and welcomed visitors to The Rising, a 24-acre site featuring the remodelled Walled Garden along with old and new buildings. The Rising at Raby Castle marks the largest and most significant scheme for generations at the 14th century family home of Lord and Lady Barnard, providing a stunning destination for the local community and visitors from far and wide.

Following an extensive renovation of existing historic buildings and the sympathetic addition of two impressive new buildings, The Rising was thoughtfully tied together with newly landscaped and meandering walkways designed by landscape architect and garden designer Alistair Baldwin.

Visitors can enjoy a brand-new 200-seater restaurant, stylish shopping, the remodelled 18th century Walled Garden and a new exhibition alongside renovated heritage buildings.

Lord Barnard said:

Historic houses and gardens need to be able to offer an entertaining full day out for their visitors. This includes great service, beautiful surroundings, delicious food and drink and high-quality shopping experiences, events and exhibitions. We’re confident that the scheme will deliver this within a truly breathtaking setting.

Situated in the heart of The Rising, the newly constructed Round House is a visitors’ reception and features bespoke hand painted illustrations by Edinburgh-based artist Lucy Roscoe. This central hub is where visitors can book tickets, choose dining options, keep up to date on upcoming events and exhibitions and discover all that can be enjoyed at the Park, Gardens, The Plotters’ Forest Woodland Playground and Castle, as well as the wider estate, including High Force Waterfall.

Nearby, a newly designed glasshouse, The Vinery, on the footprint of the original structure from where it takes its name, seats over 200 people. The Vinery offers delicious food made with locally sourced ingredients from across the estate and a menu for all, enjoyed with panoramic views across the High Vinery Garden and Raby Castle beyond.

The historic 18th century Walled Garden has also been remodelled by international garden designer Luciano Giubbilei. He has created a stunning five-acre romantic scheme to compliment the Walled Garden’s existing features, including the original sculptural yew hedges.

Many of Raby’s heritage buildings, which were previously hidden from view, are now accessible by the public and free to enter. The 18th century Coach House is an extensive new retail space with inspirational merchandise for the home and gifting, plus a free-to-enter exhibition featuring an audio-visual projection onto a bespoke carved oak eight-metre table made of estate oak, giving visitors a taste of the wildlife in Teesdale.

The Riding School and Dutch Barn have also been thoughtfully restored to provide magnificent new event spaces at Raby Castle. The Riding School is an 18th century architectural gem restored to a flexible 500sqm event space and adjacent to this is the Dutch Barn – the hidden gem of the Estate.

The historic castle, located near Staindrop, completed the first phase of its redevelopment plans in 2022 with the opening of its woodland adventure playground, The Plotters’ Forest, which has become a firm favourite with families in the area and visitors from further afield. Hosting trails, events and seasonal activities of its own, The Plotters’ Forest can be accessed with standalone tickets which also give access to Raby’s famous deer park and gardens.

For opening times and pricing on The Rising at Raby Castle, please head to: www.raby.co.uk/raby-castle/your-visit/

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