Beyond the Buttermarket in Barnard Castle
But what lies beyond the Buttermart? Beyond the Buttermart is called The Bank. The Bank, for many years, has been well known for its many antique shops. Infact you will still find half a dozen excellent antique shops to browse and enjoy. However it doesn't stop there.
The Old Curiosity Shop, home of David Harper Arts, is full of unusual finds. Colourful and quirky, its one of Beyond the Buttermart's 'must call in shops' https://www.facebook.com/barneycuriosityshop/
The Antique Centre at the bottom of The Bank is divided into small spaces for individual dealers to sell their wares. Robson's Antiques is the oldest established antique shop on The Bank.
Without doubt, the most impressive, intriguing and interesting building in the whole of Barnard Castle is Blaygraves House. http://www.blagraves.com/index.htm Not only the oldest house in the town but one of the most historic, from rafters to cellars. This 15th century building has links with Richard 111, the princes in the tower and Oliver Cromwell, who lodged and dined here. Its attics were once a brewery and its cellars or dungeons are reputed to have had a passageway leading to Egglestone Abbey or The Castle itself. Who made their escape via this passageway, I wonder?
Today Blaygraves House is a fine restaurant serving the very best food in historic surroundings.
Sitting comfortably amongst the antique & collectable shops is Claire International Ltd bespoke knitwear, Tinkerdog Computers and Connelly's Toyshop. Connelly's seems to be have on The Bank forever, an independent toy shop selling traditional & modern toys and baby goods and still as much in demand as when my children were small https://www.facebook.com/Pconnellytoyshop/ If you are having computer problems then Ben at Tinkerdog is your man. So knowledgeable, so nice - he will have you fixed and away in no time http://tinkerdog.co.uk/
Of course there is more to Barnard Castle than Beyond the Bank. The Bowes Museum is internationally renowned and holds exceptional exhibitions, artwork, ceramics and events https://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/ The Castle itself is well worth a visit. Sitting on a high rock on the edge of the town but only a minutes walk from the market place, the castle ruins and grounds make the perfect escape from the busy shops, cafes and eateries https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/barnard-castle/
Whatever you choose to do when you visit Barnard Castle you are guaranteed a great day out. Town trail maps can be found in the bed & breakfast and Hillcrest Cottage and all the shops in Barney. Have a good time!