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Featured Northumberland Historic Castles

Alnwick Castle
At Alnwick, just off A1 The 11th Century castle is the seat of the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland. After neglect, in 1750 the 1st Duke renovated the castle creating a 'Gothic' style residence' With Capability Brown gardens, the interior has a Italian style, and a collection of china and paintings.>> More Information
Bamburgh Castle
16 miles north of Alnwick, off A1 A Norman castle was built on an older site, building work replaced wood and stone constructions and the castle was established. Lord Armstrong completed the restoration started previously in 1903.>> More Information
Belsay Castle
North-west of Newcastle upon Tyne, on A696 A late 14th century tower house. The fortifications were to defend the owner against the low level warfare of the region. An attached house was added in the early 17th century.>> More Information
Dunstanburgh Castle
12 miles north of Alnwick, on the coast, off A1 Built in the 14th century by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, as a stronghold against the Scots and also as protection against Edward II. Built on a grand scale, with thick walls.During the Wars of the Roses the castle was besieged by Yorkists. In the Civil War the castle played little part as it was unable to withstand artillery bombardment. Today the ruins of the great fortress are stranded on a hill top only accessible by foot.>> More Information
Lindisfarne Castle
On Holy Island, 13 miles south-east of Berwick-upon-Tweed In 1542 fortification was begun, defending the harbour of Holy Island against the Scots. It fell into disuse and in 1902 the castle was bought and restored by Edward Hudson. In 1968 the National Trust took over the castle.>> More Information
Norham Castle
7 miles south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed, off A698 Near the Scottish border Norham Castle has been besieged or captured on numerous occasions requiring constant repairs In 1173 it passed to the crown, and added to during the 15th century The walls were rebuilt, 16th century, to withstand artillery. Today, although ruined, the castle is still an impressive sight.>> More Information
Prudhoe Castle
East of Corbridge, off A695 Earthworks were here in the 12th century and it was besieged unsuccessfully by William the Lion, King of Scotland. In the 13th century a moat was dug. The chapel had an oriel window, considered to be one of the earliest to be found in any English castle.>> More Information
Warkworth Castle
10 miles south-east of Alnwick, on A1038 Built during the 12th century, in the 13th century fortifications were built, becoming part of the chain of defence against the Scots. In 1332 the castle passed to the Percy family, and taken by Henry IV, but was restored to them, the Percys carried out improvements and kept it in good repair until the 16th century. Today, the castle is a ruin.>> More Information
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