Welcome to St Mary's

Welcome to the website for the Church of England Parish of Barnard Castle with Whorlton in County Durham.


Latest Update for visiting and service times

January 2021 lockdown arrangements: St. Mary’s is open for private prayer each weekday from 10.00am – 4.00pm. (These arrangements are subject to change in the event of a funeral in church)

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We are supporting Christian Aid this week.

You can leave your red envelope at Book Aid (on Galgate),

or donate on 08080-006006,

or online at www.caweek.org


Our website is still under development and more information is on its way. Please bear with us!



Revd Canon Alec Harding

Revd Canon Alec Harding


As a traditional country parish we seek to be faithful in our worship of God and in sharing in His mission and many centuries of loving care of countless hearts and hands have given us a priceless heritage in these ancient buildings. We aim to embrace all with His love and can assure you of a warm welcome at any of our services and hope that you will feel something of the atmosphere of prayer, and thanksgiving which is so characteristic of our historic English churches if and when you visit us.

Exploring the heritage of St Mary’s

St Mary’s Parish Church has partnered with DigVentures to launch Windows to the World, an interactive project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to revitalise the church.

Besides necessary restorations, the project aims at refocusing St Mary’s position in the town and turning it into a heritage destination while still keeping its purpose as a house of worship.

Over the course of spring and summer 2021, we are offering different events and activities for people of all ages. Everyone is invited to join us in our exploration of the heritage and history of Barnard Castle’s oldest church.

900 years is a long time and you are bound to learn things you didn’t know before!

Windows to the World

What's On

We're running a series of online talks and events

Sat 29 May & Mon 31 May

10.00am to 2.30pm All books 50p  Payment by card preferred to minimise cash handling (but cash accepted) Large stock of books not previously offered for sale by us raising funds... Learn more ›

Wed 2 June 2021, 6pm - 7pm

Over the course of the last year, words like ‘pandemic’, ‘lockdown’, ‘infection rate’ and “death” have slowly been added to our daily vocabulary. A shock to most of us, the... Learn more ›

12 June & 13 June 2021

An exhibition of paintings to celebrate the life and work of Douglas Pittuck and the restoration of the mural at St. Mary’s Parish Hall. The exhibition is of paintings owned... Learn more ›

Visit Us

If you are interested in exploring one of our churches, want to light a candle or pray, or just get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life you might find our Visitor FAQs helpful in planning your trip.

Worship with us

If you would like to come to one of our services or learn more about the Christian faith