The Best Castles In Northumberland & County Durham

Northumberland and County Durham are the two main counties in the North East of England. It’s a land of rugged coastlines, barren moors and castles.

Here are are picks of the finest castles in the magical part of the country…


Lindisfarne Castle: A Rugged Northumberland Gem

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Lindisfarne Castle sits atop Beblowe Craig’s volcanic mound, on Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast. In this guide, we delve deeper into the intriguing past of this castle, its transformation into a charming Edwardian home, and its current status as a beloved National Trust property. A Historical Overview Contrary to what its serene presence might suggest, Lindisfarne Castle was born out of turbulent times. Following the dissolution of monasteries by Henry VIII in the mid-16th century, the castle was constructed using stones from the demolished Lindisfarne Priory. Its strategic location made it a crucial fortification against potential Scottish invasions and…


Bamburgh Castle | Magnificent Northumberland fortress

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Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland is one of its largest inhabited castles, spanning over nine acres of land on its rocky plateau. Here’s our guide to this magnificent, ancient fortress… Bamburgh Castle Where Is The Castle? For almost 1,400 years, Bamburgh Castle has guarded the magnificent Northumberland coastline in the North East. You can find this castle on the coastline above the Bamburgh Beach in the village of Bamburgh. When Was It Built And By Who? Underneath the Norman castle that we see now, there is some interesting early medieval archaeology. A castle was erected in the sixth century as part…


Barnard Castle: Imposing Fortress On The River Tees

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Here’s our guide to Barnard Castle, an ancient fortress on the River Tees, in County Durham, in the north of England. ‍Barnard Castle History Barnard Castle’s origins can be traced back to the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century. It was founded by the Picard knight Guy de Balliol, who received estates in northeastern England as a reward for his loyalty to King William II. The castle initially took the form of a ringwork, with ditches and banks protecting its southern and eastern sides, while the high cliffs formed natural defenses on the northern and western sides. Over…


Durham Castle | Norman Castle Now Part Of Durham University

Durham Castle | Norman Castle Now Part Of Durham University

Durham Castle is a wonderful Norman castle in the centre of the North East England city of Durham, itself a wonderful old city dominated by the castle, cathedral and the university. Indeed the castle is now part of one of the university’s constituent colleges, University College (known colloquially as ‘Castle’) whose lucky students get to live in the Castle itself. History of Durham Castle Initial Construction Durham Castle was the home of the Prince Bishops of Durham. The castle stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Wear. The site was chosen because it would be easily defended by its…


Alnwick Castle | The Real Hogwarts In Northumberland

Alnwick Castle | The Real Hogwarts In Northumberland

(NB This post was originally published at https://british-castles.com/alnwick-castle/) Alnwick Castle – or the exterior of Hogwarts to Harry Potter fans – is a medieval castle in Northumberland. It is a big-time tourist attraction – especially now with wizard fans – and one of the biggest inhabited castles in England. It’s the home to the Percy family who’ve owned the castle for 700 years. Where Is Alnwick Castle? Alnwick Castle is located in Alnwick in the English country of Northumberland. This castle is less than a mile away from the A1. It is also well signposted. Map Of Alnwick Castle’s Location…