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1 JUNE 2020
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Barnard Castle may have topped the charts.
Hotels.com® has reported a bump in searches to Barnard Castle following Dominic Cummings' controversial trip there.
The Prime Minister’s chief advisor has certainly piqued the nation’s interest in the 12th century stone castle, situated just 30min from Durham, following his visit during lockdown which recently made national headlines and taken Twitter by storm.
The online booking platform has spotted an increase of 160% in searches for accommodation nearby from 22-27 May compared with the previous week. The rules are not clear. Once booked postponement/cancelation is possible.
Barnard Castle is in the care of English Heritage and is a Grade I listed building. Dating from the 12th century it fell into disrepair after the reign of Richard III (“My Horse my Horse my Kingdom for my Horse”). Important visitors over the years have included Walter Scott, Daniel Defoe and William Wordsworth, and in more recent times Bill Bryson.
Barnard Castle is an attractive day out and 21 miles from the equally interesting city of Durham. What happens to its visitor numbers this year we don’t know. It clearly is prospering from the old adage. “There is no such thing as bad publicity.”
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