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near Staindrop, Co. Durham, England

Raby Castle is a late medieval castle situated near Staindrop in County Durham . It is one of the largest inhabited castles in England. The Grade I listed building has elegant eighteenth and nineteenth century interiors. The Garrison Room has walls up to twenty feet thick. The exterior is largely unchanged. The Castle is open to the public and contains many works of art. There is a Deer Park of 200 acres surrounding the Castle.

The first castle built on the Raby estate was constructed during the reign on King Canute (or Cnut) in the early 11th century. The castle that stands there now was begun by the Nevill family around 1360. The Nevilles lost the castle after they led the failed Rising of the North in favour of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1569. Sir Henry Vane the Elder bought Raby Castle and neighbouring Barnard Castle from the Crown, and added a Gothic-style entrance hall and octagon-shaped drawing room were added.

Cecily Neville, the mother of the King Edward IV of England and King Richard III of England was born here.

Other Castles in the Area
  Auckland Castle, Co. Durham
  Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
  Bowes Castle, Co. Durham
  Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire

Richmond Castle
Raby Castle

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