Play time at Dunstanburgh Castle

Northumberland's many castles

Fantastic fortresses
The only time you want your holiday to end in ruins is when you visit Northumberland. Home to more castles than any other county in England so why not explore magnificent fortresses, stay in a haunted castle with ghostly grounds, or explore a ruined medieval castle in the array of enchanting castles in Northumberland.

The county filled with castles

From mighty castles that tower over towns, to once-grand, romantic ruins, Northumberland boasts over 70 castle sites for you to explore.

With a legacy of a turbulent history, they're scattered along our coastline, perched on rugged islands, and sitting in the hearts of cobbled market towns.

See impressive castle ruins like Dunstanburgh Castle, fully restored sites that dominate the Northumberland coast, visit Alnwick Castle where you can ‘fly’ a broomstick just like Harry Potter, and take a ghost tour around both the castle and the grounds of Chillingham Castle and stay overnight if you're brave enough.

 

Get closer to our castles

Discover which of our towns and villages are closest to our spectacular castle grounds, from tiny fishing villages to historical market towns.

 
Mountain biking in purple heather
Family walk in Northumberland
Couple enjoying a boat trip
Hadrian's Wall
Surf Northumberland
Outdoor adventures in Northumberland

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