Northumberland

Places to Visit and Days out in Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle | Belsay Hall | Temple of Mithras | Corbridge Roman Site | Dunstanburgh Castle | Housesteads Roman Fort | Warkworth Castle | Vindolanda

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh CastleA massive square Norman castle with an impressive hall and armoury. The armoury contains a large collection of armour and weapons from the Tower of London. The original keep was erected in the 12th century, and was the first English castle to fall to gunfire during the Wars of the Roses. The castle was extensively restored during the 19th century.

Opening times: Mar~Oct, daily 10am to 5pm Admission Charge
Location: NE69 7DF - Tel: 01668 214515 - Website
Facilities: Parking, cafe, picnic area, toilets, shop

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Built in the 14th-c. to guard the main route from Newcastle to Jedburgh. This neo-classical hall, is surrounded by an exquisite Grade 1 listed garden. The ruins of a medieval castle can also be found in the grounds. Run by English Heritage*

Opening times: Apr-Sep, daily 10-5; Oct, daily 10-4; Nov-Mar, Thu-Mon 10-4 (closed Xmas) Admission Charge*
Location: Belsay, NE20 0DX - Tel: 01661 881636 - Website
Facilities: Parking, cafe, picnic area, toilets, shop

Temple of Mithras (Hadrian's Wall)

Ancient temple dating from the third century AD, discovered by a local farmer in 1949. . Run by English Heritage*

Opening times: at any reasonable time Free Access
Location: Carrowbrough - Website
Facilities: Parking

Corbridge Roman Site and Museum

The site of the Roman fort of Corstopitum, with a sunken strongroom and elaborate water supply system. On-site museum. Ideal starting point to explore Hadrian's Wall. . Run by English Heritage*

Opening times: Apr-Sep, daily 10-5.30; Oct, daily 10-4; Nov-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4 (closed Xmas) Admission Charge*
Location: Corbridge, NE45 5NT - Tel: 01434 632349 - Website
Facilities: Parking, Toilets

Dunstanburgh Castle

The ruins of a large castle built circa 1313 by the Earl of Lancaster. Spectaculary sited on a 30 meter high basalt crag. Run by English Heritage*

Opening times: Apr-Sep, daily 10-5; Oct, daily 10-4; Nov-Mar, Thu-Mon 10-4 Admission Charge*
Location: Embleton, Craster, NE66 2RD - Tel: 01665 576231 - Website
Facilities: Parking (charged)

Housesteads Roman Fort

The most complete Roman fort in Britain. Run by English Heritage*

Opening times: Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Oct-Mar, daily 10-4 (closed Xmas) Admission Charge*
Location: Housesteads, Haydon Bridge, NE47 6NN - Tel: 01434 344363 Website
Facilities: Parking, shop

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

Built in the 12th-c on a hill high above the River Coquet. During its heyday it was one of the most important castles in the north of England. It was here that the owner, Henry Percy, plotted the overthrow of Henry IV with his son Harry Hotspur. Run by English Heritage*

Opening times: Apr-Sep, daily 10-5; Oct, daily 10-4; Nov-Mar, Sat-Mon 10-4 Admission Charge*
Location: NE66 0UJ - Tel: 01665 711423 - Website
Facilities: Parking

Vindolanda (Chesterholm)

Vindolanda was once a Roman fort and frontier town. It began life well before the building of Hadrian's Wall as a base for the Roman army in the north of England. A civilian settlement to west of the fort and has also been excavated. The excellent museum in the country house of Chesterholm, nearby, has displays and reconstructions from the period. There are also formal gardens and an open-air museum with Roman Temple, shop, house and Northumbrian croft.

Opening times: Feb-Mar, daily 10-5; Apr-Sep, 10-6; Oct & Nov 10-5 Admission Charge
Location: Vindolanda Trust, NE47 7JN - Tel: 01434 344277 - Website
Facilities: Parking, cafe, picnic area, toilets, shop


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