Brancepeth Castle

Brancepeth Castle is an historic castle near Durham. Now a family home, it is open to visitors on a number of days each year and for public events.

Activities we offer



Take a tour of Brancepeth Castle and find out how it developed from a Saxon stronghold to become the seat of the mighty...

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Whether your dream wedding is a grand celebration or a more intimate gathering, the castle offers an ideal setting, with...


Open Mornings

In addition to our guided tours we have a number of Open Mornings, giving you free and unguided access to four of the...


Quartermasters holiday let

Quartermaster’s is a charming, bright and sunny south-facing ground floor flat. It has recently been sensitively...


Craft Fair

Since 1987, Brancepeth Castle Craft Fairs have been held twice each year: the last Friday to Sunday in July, and the...

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Community of the Well

A small, non-residential community based at Brancepeth Castle, offering retreats and spiritual direction.

The Community...

From the Saxons to the present

The castle has changed hands many times over the centuries and been used in many ways. Fortress and family home, laboratory and barracks, read more about the owners and residents that together make the story of Brancepeth Castle.

Find out about our History

Craft Fair - 26-28 July 2024

Our Craft Fair showcases some of the best arts and crafts the North East has to offer.

Around 60 stalls selling a wide range of beautiful, delicious, useful and most of all unique items in the inspiring setting of Brancepeth Castle.