Castles of England’s Northern Counties [4]

by David Murray on 13 June 2012

in Castles

Northern Castles Mystery Tour

This is the fourth of my current series on the castles of Northern England, this time including one in Cumbria, two in Northumberland and one a bit further south in Lincolnshire – which I know many will say isn’t in the North, but it’s almost there!

There are still quite a lot to come. One good consequence of the North of England’s rather brutal past is the number and variety of its castles, plus of course the remains of Hadrian’s Wall. There really is a lot to see and do in the North.

Four More Northern Castles – Selection No. 4

Brough Castle, Cumbria: This was one of the several Cumbrian castles renovated by Lady Anne Clifford following the 17th century Civil War. Its history goes much further back, though, as the medieval buildings were erected over an old Roman fort. Today it is a roofless shell but there are very interesting information boards provided by English Heritage and its location, in the beautiful Eden Valley, is splendid.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland: Bamburgh was the seat of the ancient Kings of Northumbria and their castle still stands on its rocky plateau high above the coastline of Northumberland. It is one of the largest still-inhabited castles and has been owned by the Armstrong family since the 1890s when it was bought and restored by the 1st Baron Armstrong of Cragside, the 19th century armaments engineer and manufacturer – which is reflected in the castle’s current exhibitions.

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire: All six floors of the remaining Grand Tower of the medieval castle are open for exploration by visitors. Tattershall is unusual for a castle of its era, being built of red brick where most are built of stone. It was built in the 1430s by Henry VI’s Lord High Treasurer on the site of an earlier stone castle. It is now cared for by the National Trust.

Alnwick castle in Northumberland is home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland (as it has been to many previous generations of the Percy family) and also to one of the country’s major art collections. With four very different museums as well as the castle and grounds there is no shortage of things to see and do on a day at Alnwick, and after decades of neglect the Alnwick Garden has over the past ten years been recreated into something special.

And don’t forget the Northern Castles Online Mystery Tour.

Local Accommodation

When you visit a castle, if you plan to stay overnight in the area look here for accommodation:   Hotels   –   B&B accommodation

Some related pages:

Brough Castle Cumbria - Eden Valley

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