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castle hopping   in Northumberland 

Out top 5 castles for a day steeped in history

Did you know that Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England? Connecting us with the past and captivating us with tales of bravery, treachery and treason (as well as the odd ghost story!) a day spent at one of our incredible castles is a day to remember.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle. You can discover stories of mystery, intrigue and betrayal… or simply enjoy the stunning views in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s now dog-friendly too!

Warkworth Castle

Be king or queen for the day in this mighty Northumberland fortress crowning the hilltop above the River Coquet. Enjoy a day out and see how the powerful Dukes of Northumberland, the Percy family, lived.

Alnwick Castle

A must place to visit for witches, wizards and muggles alike! The castle’s rich history is brimming with drama, intrigue, and extraordinary people; from a gunpowder plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England’s most celebrated knight, Harry Hotspur.

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle is one of the most atmospheric and inspiring castles in England. The castle is heavily ruined but is overpowering in scale and incomparable in its setting. The structures that do survive are of great architectural quality.

Lindisfarne Castle

Travel across the causeway to Holy Island and discover this magical place. Experience the many exhibitions and see history come to life. Before visiting the Island, please check the tide timetable to see safe crossing times for the Holy Island causeway.