is located in County Durham near the village of Staindrop. In around 1378 the manor
of Staindrop was granted to John Neville, Baron
de Raby by the Bishop of Durham who owned the land. The baron started the construction of a castle almost immediately. The site of the castle is supposed to date back to the time of King Canute who had a mansion there. The castle remained in the Neville family until Charles Neville, sixth Earl of Westmoreland sided with Mary Queen of Scots and had to flee the country. His castle was taken control of by the Crown in 1569/70. Around fifty years later the castle was bought by Sir Henry Vane. Kings Charles I visited the castle in 1633 and 1639. The plan of the castle is irregular and has a low outer wall surrounded by a ditch which is fiilled with water to the south. Entrance to the castle is via a gatehouse
on the northern side. The inner part of the castle consists of several square interconnected towers.