Visitor information

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the beauty and history of our churches throughout the year. Come to explore the story of Barnard Castle, light a candle or pray, or just to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Important Information

The restrictions in place to help tackle the Coronavirus pandemic mean that the church is operating slightly differently at the moment. From 17 May 2021,  St. Mary’s is open for visiting and private prayer each weekday from 10.00am – 4.00pm. (These arrangements are subject to change in the event of a funeral in church).  It is also open from 11.30am to 4.00pm on Saturday. We kindly request that face masks are worn in church and that social distancing guidelines are followed.

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How to find our churches

The Church of England actually serves the parish of Barnard Castle with Whorlton with two churches – both are called St Mary’s!

St Mary’s Barnard Castle is our historic church in the centre of Barnard Castle.

St Mary’s Whorlton is our sister church in the nearby village of Whorlton.

Both churches are well worth a visit, and whichever one you’re coming to, you can find all the details below. And whether you’re coming as a tourist, a pilgrim, or to attend one of our services, you can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.

St Mary's Barnard Castle

Our historic church in the centre of Barnard Castle is open to visitors in daylight hours every day of the year. Our church was founded alongside the famous castle, and has served the townspeople for over 900 years. As well as being an active church today, there’s plenty to see for anyone interested in history!

St Mary’s Parish Church
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NQ
01833 637018

St Mary's Whorlton

Our sister church in Whorlton is a delightful village church which was rebuilt in 1853. Access can be obtained through keyholders in the village. Feel free to contact us to arrange access.

St Mary’s Whorlton
Barnard Castle
DL12 8XF
01833 637018

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