Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England. A legacy of its turbulent past, including the infamous Border wars which raged from the 14th to 16th centuries, Northumberland boasts over 70 castle sites.  Many have long since disappeared, some, like Dunstanburgh Castle, are romantic ruins. See others in their fully restored glory - like Bamburgh Castle, as seen on Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland.

Towering 150 foot above the sea, Bamburgh Castle looks every inch the mighty citadel it once was. The very foundation stone of England, Bamburgh was a royal city during the 8th century and the castle the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria. In 1464 Bamburgh became the first castle in England to fall to gunpowder during the War of the Roses. Fallen masonry from this onslaught can still be seen on the village green beneath. Falling into disrepair afterwards, Bamburgh was later bought and restored by the innovative Victorian inventor and genius Lord William Armstrong into the mighty castle you see today.

Head inland to Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle, which stands guard over the River Aln. Home to the Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick has been the Percy family’s home since the Norman invasion over 700 years ago. Alnwick boasts two famous Harrys – the impetuous knight Henry ‘Harry’ Percy, born here in 1364 and nicknamed ‘Hotspur’ because of his readiness to do battle. The other being none other than the boy wizard Harry Potter, a scholar at Alnwick, which doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

If you are planning a fun family day out in Northumberland then look no further than Warkworth Castle with its magnificent cross-shaped keep crowning a hilltop above the River Coquet.

For chilly tales of torture chambers and ghosts go to Chillingham Castle, reputedly one of the most haunted castles in England. Or live like the king or queen of the castle and spend a night or few at the award-winning Langley Castle Hotel.

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Lindisfarne Castle
Historic sites
Holy Island
Seaton Delaval Hall
Historic sites
Seaton Delaval
Seaton Delaval Hall comprising a centre block between 2 arcaded and pedimented wings, the east wing contains fine stables and there are gardens with statues.
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View from Bath House
Historic sites
Bardon Mill

Visit Roman Vindolanda today and you will find one of the North East’s most famous and not to be missed tourist attractions lying in the beautiful landscape of Hadrian's Wall Country. Formerly a key military post on the northern frontier of Britain, Vindolanda is the home of Britain's 'Top Treasure' - the Vindolanda Writing Tablets - and is one Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites, with live excavations taking place every year.

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Barracks Entrance
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purpose-built, were begun in 1717 to the design of the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Today the Barracks houses three museums.

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Aerial photo of Aydon Castle
Historic sites
Corbridge
A beautiful 13thC manor house with strong fortifications against Scottish raiders, Aydon Castle stands in a secluded woodland setting.
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Outside Prudhoe Castle
Historic sites
Prudhoe

Prudhoe Castle stands in a picturesque location, on a wooded hillside overlooking the River Tyne.

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Hexham Old Gaol
Museums and galleries
Hexham

Tour the Old Gaol, 1330AD, by glass lift. Meet the gaoler, see a Reiver raid and try on costumes.

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View of Bywell Hall
Historic sites
Stocksfield

Bywell Hall is a privately owned family home which is open to the public. It boasts many beautiful paintings, antique furniture and artefacts - all of which can be viewed. Your tour comes with a guide who will be able to tell you the history of the house and the family.

Welcome to Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens
Historic sites
Belsay

With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Stunning gardens, beautiful architecture and magnificent views all in one

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Birdoswald section of the wall
Historic sites
Gilsland

Built in one of the most picturesque places in Cumbria, Birdoswald is where you can see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian's Wall.

Gallery 1
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle

Lying in magnificent countryside next to a sweeping section of Hadrian's Wall and based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum is an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome’s extraordinary military legacy. Step into the life of a Roman soldier and experience life on the front line of Emperor Hadrian’s formidable British frontier. Explored through reconstructions, objects excavated along Hadrian's Wall and the Vindolanda Trust’s inspiring interpretations of army life including the exclusive 3D Edge of Empire film, the museum pays unforgettable homage to Rome's military accomplishments in Britain.

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Welcome to Woodhorn Museum
Museums and galleries
Ashington

From coal mining communities to contemporary art: discover a proud past, The Pitmen Painters and the best in art and heritage at Northumberland's biggest museum.

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Welcome to Lindisfarne Castle
Historic sites
Holy Island
Dramatic Tudor Fort converted into an intimate holiday home in 1903 for Edward Hudson by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. With charming Gertrude Jekyll walled garden. Please ring to check opening times before travelling.
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Corbridge Roman Town
Historic sites
Corbridge

Corbridge was initially the site of a series of important forts. But after Hadrian's Wall was fully commissioned it developed into a prosperous town, a tempting leave-centre for off-duty Wall garrisons.

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Etal Castle - Etal Village
Historic sites
Etal

A 14thC castle in picturesque surroundings, steeped in the history of border warfare.

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Outside Norham Castle
Historic sites
Norham
One of the strongest of Border castles and one of the finest Norman keeps in England. Most famous siege in Sir Walter Scott's Marmion.
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St Cuthberts's Cave
Historic sites
Belford

St. Cuthbert’s Cave is an overhanging outcrop of Sandstone rock, supported by an isolated pillar of stone. It is reputed that the monks of Lindisfarne brought St. Cuthbert’s body to this place in AD875 following Viking raids on the Island

Flodden Battlefield Memorial
Historic sites
Cornhill-on-Tweed

Walk the footsteps of the soldiers who fought on the Flodden Battle field nearly 500 years ago. It is hard to conceive today of the carnage that took place there on the 9th September 1513, when surveying the rolling hills.

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Housesteads Roman Fort
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge

The most complete example of a British Roman fort, Housesteads features magnificent ruins and stunning views of the countryside surrounding Hadrian's Wall.

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Wallington
Historic sites
Cambo

Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland.

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Chesters Roman Fort - Hadrians Wall
Historic sites
Chollerford

Chesters is the place to relax on Hadrian's Wall, mainly because it is home to one of the best preserved Roman bathhouses in Britain. The tranquil riverside fot is a popular spot for families. Children love crawling through and exploring the nooks and crannies of the bathhouse.

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Cannon and castle
Historic sites
Chillingham
In the heart of Northumberland, a medieval castle with stunning views of formal gardens and the Cheviot Hills. Perfect for architectural and naturalist/historical enthusiasts or anyone looking for an unforgettable holiday.
Castle and Keep
Historic sites
Warkworth

Set in a quaint Northumberland town, this hill-top fortress and hermitage offers a fantastic family day out.

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Outside Brinkburn Priory
Historic sites
Rothbury

Founded in 1135 for canons of the Augustinian order, Brinkburn was restored in the 19th century and now survives in its entirety as Northumberland's finest example of early Gothic architecture.

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Exterior
Historic sites
Bamburgh

A spectacular castle with fantastic coastal views. The stunning Kings Hall and Keep house collections of armour, artwork, porcelain and furniture.

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Outside Dunstanburgh Castle
Historic sites
Craster

The ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle tower over the Northumberland coastal line. It is an ideal family day out with a picnic area, fantastic views, and it is not far from the Scottish Borders.

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Temple of Mithras
Historic sites
Chollerford

A fascinating 3rd-century temple near Carrawburgh fort, dedicated to the god beloved by Roman soldiers.

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Picnic bench
Great Outdoors
Kielder

Kielder Castle Visitor centre October from 9.30am to 5pm. Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information centre, tearoom and exhibitions about forestry and conservation. Bike hire available.

Ladys Well Holystone
Historic sites
Holystone
Lady's Well is a dark and tranquil pool associated with Anglo Saxon, Saint Ninian, who baptised hundreds in its holy water.
Outside Cragside House Gardens and Estate
Historic sites
Rothbury

Creation of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius. Gardens, red squirrels, woodland and lakeside walks.

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Inside Warkworth Hermitage
Historic sites
Warkworth
The hermitage is cut into the rock of the river cliff, hidden away underneath the wooded bank, a short walk upstream from the castle. Half a mile from Warkworth Castle, tucked away by the Coquet and accessible only by boat.
Outside Union Chain Bridge
Historic sites
The Union Chain Bridge spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Borders, Scotland.
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Elizabethan Fortifications
Historic sites
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick's town walls are its most famous piece of architecture and still stand strong today, hundreds of years after they were built.

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Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
Alnwick

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK; home to the Percy family for over 700 years and film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

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Daffodils and Howick Hall
Garden
Alnwick

Beautiful gardens, woodland walks, a Prime Minister and a famous cup of tea! Enjoy Snowdrops, Daffodils, and Rhododendrons in spring; the Bog Garden, Borders and Terraces in summer; and brilliant autumn colour in the woodland walks.

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Parish Church Choir
Church
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Visit this beautiful and rare Civil War Church. Opened in 1652 - it is the only parish church built under Cromwell. The church contains one of the earliest installations by Lutyens, a John Knox Renaissance pulpit, and panels from the 13thC Castle.

Outside Cherryburn
Historic sites
Mickley
Birthplace cottage (1700) and farmyard. Printing house using original printing blocks. Introductory exhibition of the life, work and countryside.
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Inside Berwick-upon-Tweed Museum and Art Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The museum is housed in the historic Berwick Barracks and contains historical town artefacts and part of Sir William Burrel's art collection.

Cuthbert's Cross
Historic sites
Alnmouth

Said to be the location where St Cuthbert agreed to become Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the king.

Planting Bulbs
Garden
Wylam

This 18th century walled pleasure garden has a Victorian glasshouse that runs as a cafe serving quality seasonal food which is all produced on site, as well as a garden nursery, cook store and interiors store.

Bradley Gardens is a hidden gem in the heart of the Tyne Valley just 9 miles west out of Newcastle upon Tyne.  Visitors can enjoy the tranquil peace of the gardens whilst enjoying quality food and shopping.

Outside Lindisfarne Priory
Historic sites
Holy Island

Experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, cut off from the world on the beautiful Holy Island. Take in panoramic views of the Northumbrian coast, unpack a picnic in the priory grounds, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of life.

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Outside George Stephensons Birthplace
Historic sites
Wylam
Small stone cottage built about 1750. Birthplace in 1781 of inventor George Stephenson. One room open to the public. Car park in Wylam village.
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Black Carts Turret
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge
A 460-metre (1,509 feet) length of Hadrian’s Wall including one turret. Please note: It is not possible for visitors to park here.
Whinshields Roman Wall
Historic sites
Bardon Mill
This 350 yard stretch of Wall includes the highest point on Hadrian's Wall and enjoys spectacular views of rugged country.
Willowford Bridge Abutment
Historic sites
Gilsland
A fine 914 metre stretch of wall, including 2 turrets, ending at a bridge abutment, much altered in Roman times owing to changes in the course of the river and rebuilding of the bridge.
Walltown Crags Wall and Turret
Historic sites
Greenhead
400 yards of wall. One of the best places of all to see the Wall, dramatically showing the crags of the whin sill.
Cawfields Roman Wall and Milecastle
Historic sites
Haltwhistle
A dramatic section of wall with turrets and an impressive milecastle.
Outside Black Middens Bastle House
Historic sites
Bellingham
A fortified farmhouse with thick stone walls, of a type distinctive to the troubled 16thC Anglo-Scottish borders.
Alnwick Castle Grounds
Garden
Alnwick
Parkland, Gothic tower, lovely views and good walking. No dogs, cycles or vehicles are allowed in the park.
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Heddon-on-the-Wall
Historic sites
Heddon-on-the-Wall
Fine stretch of 280yds of wall with circular chambers and medieval kiln near west end.
Northumberland Countryside
Historic sites
Etal
On a hilltop almost 300m above sea level, St Andrew’s was built in 1769 to a cruciform plan on the site of a medieval church, and remodelled in 1892. In the churchyard is a magnificent domed mausoleum built by Humphrey Hopper in 1752.
Remains of Edlingham Castle
Historic sites
Edlingham
The riverside ruins, principally the solar tower, of a manor house progressively fortified against the Scots during the 14th century.
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Brunton Turret
Historic sites
Bellingham
One of the best preserved turrets on the line of Hadrian's Wall, with a stretch of wall 70yards long, Brunton Turret was built by men of the Twentieth Legion.
Outside Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Contemporary art gallery with a programme of events by Berwick Visual Arts.

Nearby moorland
Historic sites
Chillingham
A steep, conical hill with traces of Iron Age ramparts which rises high above the Northumberland Moors. Near the village of Chillingham.
Sewingshields Wall
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge
A length of Wall with milecastle remains, impressively sited along the Whin Sill, commanding fine views of many prehistoric and later earthworks to the north.
Scene inside Regimental Museum Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The King's Own Scottish Borderers regimental museum with uniforms, medals, silver and weapons telling the story of the regiment from 1689 until the present day.

Castle and Town Walls
Historic sites
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The remains of a medieval castle, superseded by the most complete and impressive bastioned town defences in England.

View of Planetrees Roman Wall
Historic sites
Wall
A 15-metre (49 feet) length of later narrow Wall on earlier broad foundations, marking the junction between the two wall types.

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