Castles of Northern England [3]

by David Murray on 30 May 2012

in Castles

Northern Castles Mystery Tour

Here we are with our third fortnightly selection of castles in the North of England. This time they’re spread across four northern counties: Lancashire, North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland. Three of them are still in use with well-preserved buildings while the fourth is largely a majestic ruin without a roof. Each is well worth a visit. If you want even more try our northern castles mystery tour by clicking on the image here to the left.

Four Northern Castles – Today’s Selection

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland: A great medieval castle with a grand Classical Greek Revival mansion and extensive grounds, Belsay Hall is one of the top visitor attractions in Northumberland. The quarry that provided stone for the Hall is the location of an exotic Quarry Garden. Events of many kinds are staged throughout the year.

Lancaster Castle, Lancashire: The surviving medieval castle dates from the 11th century, but almost certainly is built over a Roman fortification, commanding the crossing of the River Lune. The site is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster (our queen is ‘Duke of Lancaster’) and the castle buildings by Lancashire County Council. For centuries it was a prison and still houses a courthouse. Many famous and notorious trials and executions feature in the visitor programme.

Raby Castle, County Durham: This was the fortress of the Nevills (or Nevilles), possibly the most powerful family in the North when it was built in the 14th century; later extended by the Vane family who have lived here for almost four hundred years. With walled gardens, a deer park, carriage museum and much more, Raby is great for all the family.

Middleham Castle, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire: Wensleydale, well known for its cheese, is home to many other attractions including the childhood home of King Richard III at Middleham Castle, near Leyburn. There’s an interesting exhibition of the castle’s important history, and a viewing platform from which to admire the splendid Wensleydale scenery.

Northern English Castles Mystery Tour

If you haven’t tried my “Castles Mystery Tour” (or even if you have) try it here by clicking: Mystery Castle. You can never tell what castle you’ll be taken to; it’s all randomised. At present there are twenty four castles listed, with more to follow.

Local Accommodation

If after choosing your castle visit you plan to stay overnight in the area check out these accommodation services:   Hotels   –   B&B accommodation


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