Saturday, June 9, 2012

Day 65 (June 6): Durham & Raby Castle

The girls and I woke up the next day with the energy for a half-day outing and, realizing that one of the places we were interested in visiting was only open Sunday through Wednesday, we studied the bus timetables and routes (online) and headed out! 

There was some stress at the beginning but it all worked out and we arrived at Raby Castle shortly after it opened for the afternoon. 

there are also gardens to enjoy

with really cool 200-year old yew hedges

front door

The current Lord and his family still live in the Castle.  (That is why it isn't open every day, all day, I expect.)  Parts of the Castle date back to the 14th century when it was originally built.  The interior was quite impressive, but not overwhelming.

no photography is allowed inside but I took lots of pictures outside

The outing was really quite perfect, topped off with a visit to the Castle's tearoom for a late lunch, plus dessert and hot drinks. 

We took the bus back to Durham with no trouble.  A really good afternoon out.