Barnard Castle

12 Market Place, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8ND

Opening Times

Monday: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tuesday: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Friday: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday: Closed

A family-run opticians

Here in the heart of our lovely little market town, our friendly practice takes care of the vision and eye health of Barnard Castle’s adults and children.

We offer particularly thorough eye tests, designer brand frames, market-leading lenses and a commitment to help virtually anyone try out contact lenses.


Key Services:

​Useful Info:

  • Central location
  • Free parking nearby, across from the practice
  • Free refreshments
  • Free wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible

Bayfields Opticians and Audiologists Barnard Castle

Our family-led practice has been here since 1982, providing you with the highest standards of professional eye and hearing care.

Our thorough eye tests last around 45 minutes and include retinal photography as standard. Did you know that besides supposedly being ‘a window onto the soul’, the eye can also be an indicator of aspects of your general health? Our eye tests can pick up any problems with your eye but also with your wider health; a burst blood vessel you didn’t know about, for example, could be a sign of high blood pressure. 

Minor eye conditions service
If you develop a minor but irritating problem with your eyes, we’ll be happy to take a look – and this is a free NHS service. So if your eyes suddenly feel sore or sticky, or you see flashing lights or a veil over your vision, you could be assessed and treated by us. If you need to be referred elsewhere, we can advise you. 

What about your hearing? 
Whether you know you have problems with your hearing or were just wanting to get checked, why not ask for an audiology appointment with us? We offer free hearing tests, that usually last around 15 minutes.

How to find us
We’re in Market Place, just a few yards from the Butter Market. There’s free on-street parking directly opposite us; alternatively there are inexpensive car parks on Hole in the Wall and Galgate. 

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Veronica Tyldsley

4 months ago

Always a warm welcome. Friendly, efficient, accommodating, a...nd professional service. Nothing is too much trouble. Highly recommended.

James Coleman

11 months ago

Excellent service throughout from very pleasant, courteous a...nd professional staff. My eyesight needs are fairly complex but I have always felt reassured by the care and thoroughness shown by Bayfields of Barnard Castle.

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a year ago

My appointment with the optometrist was excellent; I felt re...assured that I was in the hands of an expert, it was unrushed and overall justified the expense, would highly recommend getting your eyes examined here. Having worked in an opticians before I can say the mark up for frames and lenses is incredibly high, however the quality of service and aftercare must be considered.

Anne Winter

2 years ago

I was very happy with my visit to Bayfields. They treated me... with respect even though I asked for the cheapest frames. That was no problem to them. I had first class treat from the optician. I am very happy all round with my experience.

Dr Kathy Bland

2 years ago

Honestly, a real "family" caring experience from the outset,... and so different from the usual commercial services on offer by leading well published commercial outlets. It is so refreshing to find people that genuinely care about you, and take the time to discuss and show you the results of your eye care. I highly recommend Bayfields as the best opticians in the North East. Thank you so much Bayfields.

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