Due to the intense history of border battles with Scotland, there are more castles in North East England than in any other English region. Some of the Northumbrian Castles are dramatic medieval ruins, while others are opulently decorated family homes. To see those spectacular castles it is possible to stay at one of the unique Northumerland cottages including Hexham accommodation. Those castles are also in demand as a film location and Harry Potter fans may recognise Alnwick Castle of them as Hogwarts.
Bamburgh Castle is one of the Northumberland’s most iconic buildings. It used to be a home to the kings of ancient Northumbria. There have been settlements on the site since prehistoric times and regular archeological digs that take place on a site have unearthed some spectacular finds, including the gold plaque known as Bamburgh Beast as well as the Bamburgh Sword. During the summer you can see archeologists working on the site, and you and your family can get your hands dirty and see what you can find.
The ruins of Dunstanburgh castle tower over the Northumberland coastal line. The castle was built near the Scottish border and rivaled any castle of its days.
This castle is located on the Holy Island. From the original Tudor builders looking for a strong position to protect the island harbour to the wealthy Edwardian bachelor seeking a quiet retreat from London, the location of the Lindisfarne Castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries.
It was built above the River Coquet and it is one of the largest, strongest and most impressive in Northumerland. The castle’s most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold.