Welcome to the Ancient Unicorn

Welcome to the Ancient Unicorn. We hope your stay with us will be a pleasant one!


The Ancient Unicorn is a charming, traditional coaching inn dating back 400 years. Situated in the beautiful village of Bowes, close to Barnard Castle , the Ancient Unicorn offers the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful, unspoilt countryside of Teesdale. Just a couple of minutes from the Trans-Pennine A66, we’re also the ideal location for an overnight stopover for guests travelling to and from Scotland and the Lake District.

We show TNT SPORTS & SKY SPORTS at the bar

Showing both TNT Sports and Sky Sports in the bar, come down and enjoy the Football at The Ancient Unicorn. 

Dine with delight

Every stay is accompanied with great food!


We have a delicious menu available that provides great home food in line with the warm and friendly environment we strive to create when you join us. Our ingredients are fresh and locally sourced where possible. We also have delicious options for vegans and vegetarians and children’s menus are also available. Our menus regularly change, however feel free to explore our sample menus below.

What our customers say about us

Things to do?

When you stay at the Ancient Unicorn there is plenty to explore in the beautiful, unspoiled area of Teesdale.
The countryside is stunning – changing with the seasons and you can walk for miles and see no-one. The Pennine Way passes through Bowes so you can take in part of this historic route, exploring the ruined castle in the village or just soaking up the stunning views from the bench by the castle. A dream for photographers and artists!

Local walks in this area

The walks near The Ancient Unicorn are perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, you’ll find something to suit your needs. The local countryside is beautiful, with rolling hills, wooded areas, and stunning river views. The historic landmarks along the way add an extra layer of interest to the walks, making them perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike. So, put on your walking boots and explore the beautiful countryside around The Ancient Unicorn!


The Ancient Unicorn

The St, Bowes, Barnard Castle

 DL12 9HL

đź“ž 01833 628576

📧 theancientunicorn@gmail.com

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