Visit Barnard Castle
Il Palazzo is lucky enough to be situated in the pretty market town of Barnard Castle. The town is named after the beautiful medieval castle which lies at its edge, built in 1095. The town enjoys a great position on the north bank of the River Tees, and plenty of shops and other businesses call the town their home.
Charles Dickens chose to stay at the King’s Head Hotel in the town whilst he was researching for his novel Nicholas Nickleby, setting a trend for other authors such as William Wordsworth, Daniel Defoe and Bill Bryson to visit the town.
Today, one of the main attractions is the Bowes Museum, which has national status. It houses works from, amongst others, El Greco, Goya, Canaletto and Boucher, but the centrepiece of the collection is an 18th silver swan automaton, which preens itself, looks around, and catches and swallows a fish.