Castles in North East England

A visit to a castle — whether you stumble over one during a hike outdoors or walk your way around the grounds with a guide — is always something special, and you’ve got 7 beautiful castles to choose from in North East England. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 7 castles in North East England

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    Housesteads Roman Fort

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    Housesteads is the most complete Roman fort that survives in Britain. Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall, there are spectacular panoramic views from this point. As the …

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    Thirlwall Castle

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    With border war raging, life in Northumberland was dangerous between 1300 and 1600. Wealthy families like the Thirlwalls protected themselves by building strongholds like Thirlwall Castle. Built during the 12th …

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    Aesica Roman Fort

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    Aesica was the ninth fort on Hadrian's Wall and stands between Vercovicium to the east and Magnis to the west. The purpose of this stronghold was to guard the Caw …

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    Bowes Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    The magnificent ruins of Henry II's 12th century keep are on the site of a Roman fort guarding the approach to strategic Stainmore Pass over the Pennines. The English Heritage-owned …

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    Whitley Castle, also known as Epiacum Roman Fort, was built concurrently with Hadrian's Wall in the second century. It controlled access along the Maiden Way, an important road connecting that …

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    Yarm Rail Viaduct

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    Opened 1852 taking 4 years to build. With 43 arches it towers over the town of Yarm. 2280 feet long with 7.5 million bricks. Designed by Thomas Grainger and John Bourne.

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    Chillingham Castle

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Said to be the most haunted castle in Britain, do be sure to stop by Chillingham Castle if you're passing! Entrance fees are modest and there's the castle, gardens and …

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