The Northeast: Places to Explore

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Barnard Castle

The handsome market town of Barnard Castle has sights of its own and can also serve as a base for venturing into the Teesdale Valley to the northwest. Its unusual butter-market hall (known locally as Market Cross), surmounted by an old fire-alarm bell, marks the junction of the streets Thorngate, Newgate, and Market Place. Stores, pubs, and caf├ęs line these thoroughfares. In 1838 Charles Dickens stayed at the King's Head Inn here while doing research for his novel Nicholas Nickleby. The local tourist office has a free "In the Footsteps of Charles Dickens" leaflet.

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