Castle and Ruins to explore in the North East
Thanks to our heritage and history, with many battles on the Scottish border, there are more castles in the North East of England than any other English region. There are castles that are lived in family homes and medieval ruins across the region and they stretch from countryside to the coast.
We’ve had a look around at some of the castles and ruins to explore from Lumley Castle just on our hotel’s doorstep right up to Etal Castle on the borders with Scotland. It’s easy to plot out a few castles to visit in a day trip, or more if you’re planning a short stay.
A firm favourite has to be the coastal look Lindisfarne Castleon Holy Island with the adventurous causeway that allows access only twice a day when the tide is out. Close by set against the sea are Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles that make great stop offs for picnics.
One of the most impressive and is Warworth Castle; most famous for its appearance in Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Then there is the marvelous Alnwick Castsle, enjoying a celebrity status as it was filmed as Hogwarts in Harry Potter. The Poison Garden makes for a fun adventure for children too!
Our cities also enjoy some landmark Castles. Durham Castle is a World Heritage Site along with its neighbour Durham Cathedral. The Castle Keep in Newcastle was built by Henry II around 1168 and the Keep replaced the original ‘New Castle’ that the city was named after. It was in fact founded in 1080 by the son of William the Conqueror which in turn was built on the site of the Roman fort Pons Aelius.
There’s so many more to see including Prudhoe Castle overlooking the River Tyne, Etal and Aydon Castles, Housesteads Roman Fort near Hadrian’s Wall, Chillingham Castle with formal gardens and stunning views, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and the 13th century Tynemouth Priory and Castle. There is even the remains of a small temple dedicated to the native god Antenociticus at Benwell Roman Temple and Vallum Crossing (Hadrian’s Wall).