Best 15 castles in Northumberland as rated by TripAdvisor reviewers

As we gradually emerge from lockdown, the magificent castles of Northumberland are becoming more accessible with Covid rules relaxing. Here is a list of the top 15 castles in the county as rated by TripAdvisor visitors, with the latest information on their reopening.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 2:31 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th May 2021, 9:31 pm
A list of the 15 best castles in Northumberland, according to Trip Advisor.
A list of the 15 best castles in Northumberland, according to Trip Advisor.

Alnwick Castle and Bamburgh Castle, among others, have announced plans to reopen indoors from Monday, May 17. You will, once again, get a chance to see their full majesty.

Alnwick Castle, which was used as Hogwarts in first two Harry Potter films, pictured from the Lion Bridge. The grounds of the castle only have been open since March 29 due to Covid restrictions, but from Monday, May 17, you will be able to access the state rooms. Admission tickets must be booked in advance at https://www.alnwickcastle.com/
Bamburgh Castle grounds have been open since March 29, but from Monday, May 17, the state rooms are reopening their doors. Tickets to inside the castle and Armstrong and Aviation Museum are available from https://www.bamburghcastle.com/ although booking is not essential.

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Dubbed Britain's most haunted historic castle, Chillingham is a 13th century, Grade 1 Star-listed stronghold in the heart of the county. The castle is aiming to open on Monday, May 17, daily from 11am to 5pm. There is no need to book in advance.
Dominating the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the 16th-century fortress is only accessible via a tidal causeway. The castle's outdoor spaces and shop are currently open and the castle interior will re-open on May 22. You will need to book your visit in advance - available now. See https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle
Edlingham Castle dates mainly from the 14th century, although a 13th century manor house is probably concealed beneath the later fortifications against Scots invaders. The English Heritage site is free to explore.
Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval castle towering above the village of Warkworth. The village and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet. The grounds of the castle and shop are currently open but interior spaces will open on Monday, May 17, in line with government guidelines. Tickets must be booked in advance at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/warkworth-castle-and-hermitage/
Berwick Castle was one of the most important fortresses during the Anglo-Scottish Wars, probably built by the Scottish King David about 1124 ans superseded by impressive, mainly Elizabethan town defences, which surround the whole historic town. The entire circuit can be walked and access is free. Visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berwick-upon-tweed-castle-and-ramparts/
The magnificent ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle sit on the Northumberland coast. The castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313. It is open as usual with the exception of the seaward side tower. Advance booking of tickets is essential. Visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dunstanburgh-castle/
Prudhoe Castle was built as part of a series of Norman fortresses along the Tyne after the 1066 Norman conquest. Prudhoe Castle will open on Wednesday, May 19, and you can book your visit in advance. Visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/prudhoe-castle/
Kielder Castle will remain closed until further notice. It is set to reopen in 2022 with a new expanded cafe offer after major redevelopment work is carried out.
Aydon Castle is set in secluded woodland a mile from the village of Corbridge. Almost completely intact, it is one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century fortified English manor house. Aydon Castle will open on Wednesday, May 19, and you can book your visit in advance at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/aydon-castle/
Featherstone Castle, now a private residence, is a Grade I listed building, is a large Gothic style country mansion near Haltwhistle, in the south-west of Northumberland.
Belsay Castle stands in the ground of Belsay Hall. The now ruined 14th-century castle was built as a refuge at a time of Anglo-Scottish warfare but it was also designed to impress. Belsay Hall and Castle's interior spaces will open on Monday, May 17, in line with government guidelines. Advance booking is now essential. Visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/belsay-hall-castle-and-gardens/
Norham Castle was one of the most important strongholds in the turbulent border region. It was besieged at least 13 times by the Scots, once for nearly a year by Robert Bruce. But it fell to James IV's heavy cannon in 1513 shortly before his defeat at Flodden Field. It is open daily from August and access is free. Visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/norham-castle/
The 14th-century Etal Castle is set in the Ford and Etal estates. It was built by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders and fell to James IV's invading Scots army in 1513, just before his catastrophic defeat at nearby Flodden. Etal Castle will open on Wednesday, May 19, but due to unforeseeable circumstances the exhibition, shop and visitor center will be closed. For more details, visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/etal-castle/