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Old-fashioned, intersting town
Hard to get to
In a nutshell
Overlooked place for a daytrip
I came across a stall selling Parkin, a ginger cake renowned in Yorkshire. The stall holder informed me that the cake had been baked the previous day. He advised me to keep it as long as possible as the flavour improves. However after 24 hours more, I gave in.
The cake was moist and with a full ginger flavour. Delicious
What to buy: I also bought some honeycomb. This had obviously been made in a large tin, and then broken into pieces. It was sweet and crisp and delicious
What to pay: Ginger cake £3 and honeycomb £1
Written Jul 3, 2011
Address: market, Barnard Castle
This is known as the secret garden of the north and as we were in the area, thought we'd take a look.It is mainly a nursery, selling a large selection of plants and garden sculptures and seemed a popular place for a browse.
The hall is privately owned but you do get some lovely views of the magnificent building from the grounds.
You are given a guide with your admission price, (£1.00 I think) and this takes you through the garden in a numbered trail.
Although not overly large, the place is interesting, having it's own ruined church that is now been incorporated into the garden with shrubs growing out of it and a couple of huge trees poking through empty windows and the roof.
As our visit was in early April, we were too early for it to be very colourful, nor were the vegs. very advanced but we still enjoyed our gentle wander round. I particularly like the ancient contorted hazel tree, twisted and gnarled like an old hag.
At the top of the garden, a surprise is in store - a replica of the Angel of the North!! Not sure when this was added.
The garden and nursery are home to an unusual plant, the spikey, silver leaved plant Celmisia spectabilis, Eggleston Silver, very sought after.Eggleston is famous for it's quality and quantity of these, originally and carefully nurtured from just three plants.
There is ample parking, a gift shop and a cafe.
The gardens are 5 miles northwest of Barnard Castle, off the B6278 and are well signposted.
Updated May 13, 2011
Phone: 01833 650115
Favorite thing: If you happen to be here in April, you will often find the annual Dales Pony Show. The Dales pony, local to Northeast England, is little known outside Britain but very nice. It was used as a pack pony in early days, then nearly died out and is now on its way back again. Even if you are not interested in horses, it is a great day for meeting northern countryfolk and/or find a weatherproof jacket :-)
Updated Oct 6, 2002