Stay close to castles in large holiday houses, and have historic day trips in Northumberland
Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Castle, Warkworth Castle, Housesteads in Northumberland and Berwick upon Tweed in The Scottish Borders are castles to visit.
Self-catering accommodation near castles in Northumberland
If there is one thing that Northumberland is not short of, it’s castles. Some of the finest in the country are found in the county, often in incredible postcard settings, each with its own unique and totally captivating history.
Many of them are positively iconic – in particular, Bamburgh Castle, originally built on an ancient site and completely restored at vast expense towards the end of the 19th century by the famous Victorian entrepreneur Lord Armstrong is a castle that is never far from sight on Northumbrian postcards and in travel books. The view of the castle from the beach is only enthralling.
Of course it goes without saying that any visitor to the county simply won’t be able to escape the obvious evidence of the long history and rich heritage of Northumberland.
Perhaps the most relaxing way of seeing many of the historical sights in Northumberland is take a self-catering holiday in one of the many excellent cottages, lodges, luxury static mobile homes or apartments available throughout the county. Whether it’s a family summer holiday or a late Autumn break, there is a fabulous choice of accommodation. And with the wondrous scenery and almost magical history, what better county for a romantic break. The great advantage self-catering accommodation brings is that your time is your own, with no time-tables interrupting your exploration of this great county.
Big Holiday houses sleeping 4-18 + people close historic castles / buildings
Our editors 'top few' self catering accommodation located near castles in Northumberland:
Cottages near castles
Large country houses to rent in Northumberland near Alnmouth with 5 bedrooms, sleeps 8, Pet friendly, Pub within 1 mile, Cot Available.View Littlecroft
Hire a large house in Northumberland near Craster with 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8, Pet friendly, Ground Floor Facilities, Pub within 1 mile, Cot Available.View The Orchard
Self-catering accommodation in Northumberland near Hexham with 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8, No pets, Barbecue, Ground Floor Facilities, Golf nearby, Cot Available.View Brewers Cottage
Exceptional holiday cottage in Northumberland near Beadnell with 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8, No pets, Golf nearby, Pub within 1 mile, Baby and Toddler Friendly, Cot Available.View Rockview
Luxury holiday house in Northumberland near Craster with 5 bedrooms, sleeps 8, Pet friendly, Golf nearby, Pub within 1 mile, Cot Available.View Sugar Sands House
Castles in Northumberland particularly worthy of a visit include:
Alnwick Castle, dating back to the 14th century, with its twin, octagonal, medieval keep towers offers a barbican and gatehouse said to be the best examples of their type in England. Currently home to the Duke of Northumberland, the castle is noted for the outlook onto the 18th century Capability Brown-designed parklands below. It is a castle that was besieged and taken many times over during the middle ages.
Dunstanburgh Castle is unique in that it can only be reached by foot over a coastal path, approximately a mile in length, from the village of Craster below. Dating back to the beginning of the 14th century, it is the largest castle in Northumberland. The gatehouse and the curtain wall still remain largely intact, but its location on top of the cliffs gives it a decidedly romantic air. It offers an incredible backdrop when the North Sea is in forceful flow.
Lindisfarne Castle, commanding a view over Holy Island, can be reached by a causeway at low tide, itself quite an exciting yet romantic method. There are wonderful views of the Farne Islands and the impressive Bamburgh Castle. It is also worth paying a visit to the village on Holy Island.
Warkworth Castle has been in the Earl of Northumberland’s family since being presented as a gift by King Edward III in 1331. It overlooks the village of Warkworth, and although itself a ruin, the eight-towered keep has undergone restoration and is fairly intact.
Cragside, north of Rothbury, is set in over 900 acres of magical gardens, woodlands and lakes. A comparative youngster at just over 150 years old, it is especially famous for being the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. There is a wonderful rock garden attached to the house.
Wallington Hall, 15 miles outside Hexham and set in 100 acres of woodlands and lakes, is a 17th century mansion with an exceptional Victorian interior. The hall sees painted murals tracing the history of Northumbria in magnificent detail. There is also a lovely walled garden.
Housesteads is worthy of a mention as it is not only the most complete example of a Roman fort in the UK, but one of twelve Emperor Hadrian built and currently the most visited location on Hadrian's Wall. It is located on the Wall midway between Haltwhistle and Haydon Bridge and its high aspect offers exceptional views across the Haughton countryside.