There are plenty of castles in the local area. We’ve selected a few of our favourites, but you can get a short history, location and opening times of all the Northumberland castles here.
Alnwick Castle is now well known as the setting for many of the scenes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The privately owned castle dates from 1096, when the keep was built by the Normans. The castle is open to the public. For more information on Alnwick, click here
Bamburgh Castle stands on a site which has evidence of human occupation dating from the first century bc. The castle is in private ownership, and is open to the public. The castle occupies an imposing position on the sea cliffs, overlooking the Farne Islands and Holy Island.
The dungeons prove popular with adults and children alike. For more information on Bamburgh, click here
Norham Castle was build on the banks of the Tweed in 1121ad. Many times in its history, the castle has been under siege. The castle withstood each siege until 1513. In this year, King James IV stormed the castle after using a 6 ton cannon called Mons Meg, which fired stones weighing up to 150kg. The castle was largely destroyed. For more information, click here.
Lindisfarne Castle was build by the Tudors in 1570. The castle stands on a rocky outcrop called Beblowe Crag, and was constructed to protect the English warships which used the harbour. To find out more, click here