Raby Castle – vision

Raby Castle

We’ve been helping Raby Estates to define what sort of a visitor attraction they want Raby Castle & Parkland to be. The Castle is set in 200 acres of parkland in the heart of the Durham Dales.

Built by the Nevills in the 14th century, this is one of the finest and best-preserved medieval castles in North East England and has changed ownership just once, in 1626, when it became home to Lord Barnard.

Today’s Lord and Lady Barnard want to transform the visitor experience into something very special that delivers a sustainable business and vibrant visitor attraction. Like all estates, the view is a long one:  we are thinking 20 years ahead.  And, like all estates in family ownership, it is not only a matter of bricks and mortar. You inherit and reshape a set of values and have a responsibility of care.  Planning for the next generation is all important.

This project was more than what to do with the undeveloped outbuildings or the Castle experience, the garden or the parkland – though there are good ideas aplenty.  It was about how to articulate the values of the family and the ethos of the Estate through the visitor experience. We worked with partners in creative sessions and through consultation to create a vision that Raby can use to shape the visitor experience for years to come.

Latest Tweets

Amazing meeting space for our workshop ⁦@RoyalWilliamYd⁩ ⁦@OceanStudios⁩ ⁦@visitplymouth⁩ tons of natural light an… https://t.co/iKQGM8ugRp
30 November 2018

Run 3 workshop sessions at #STIC18 @TallShipsRaces - with ship owners, ports & youth council on ideas for improving… https://t.co/hKda2k4CVt
30 November 2018

Congratulations to the creative and dedicated team @CrawfordArtGall for achieving record visitor numbers - well-des… https://t.co/VsdrlaO0ju
29 November 2018

In Seville today looking forward to a workshop session with 70 ship owners for @TallShipsRaces #stic18
29 November 2018

In Seville looking forward to annual conference of @TallShipsRaces #stic18
27 November 2018

See bluesailviews on Twitter