5 of the North East’s Best Castles and Cathedrals

Posted 29 Aug 17, written by Amanda Lambert

With a rich history and stunning scenery, the North East is brimming with a fantastic array of castles and cathedrals, providing you with plenty of things to do in Northumberland and the surrounding areas during your stay. 
From colossal seaside fortresses to grand cathedrals in the heart of cities, we’re taking you on a journey to some of the region's best castles and cathedrals. Whether you’re holidaying with the family, enjoying a romantic trip for two or a long weekend away with friends, we’ll provide you with all the cultural inspiration you need for planning a memorable trip in the North East. 

1. Bamburgh Castle

Sitting proudly above the sea and offering spectacular views of the endless coastline, this beautiful castle is not only a symbol of Northumberland’s history, but the perfect gateway to discovery. At Bamburgh Castle, you’ll find local tour guides poised to enlighten visitors with history, myths, secrets and stories of ghosts that live within its walls. The expansive grounds, rooms and towers offer an ideal day out for the whole family, with the Clock Tower Cafe providing refreshments and dog-friendly Bamburgh beach just below.
If you’re ready to explore the castle and surrounding areas, we have an array of Bamburgh holiday cottages that will provide the perfect base for your stay.

2. Dunstanburgh Castle

For epic family days out at Dunstanburgh Castle, walk along the awe-inspiring coastline up to the castle, where you can immerse yourself in its dramatic history and charm. Strategically positioned on a headland surrounded by crashing waves, Dunstanburgh Castle now lies in ruin, but this doesn’t lessen its appeal to visitors. Marred by conflict since it was built in the early 14th century, this building is sure to take your breath away with its splendid profile and amazing surrounding landscapes.
If you fancy staying nearby, then our Craster area guide has a great deal of information on other local attractions and accommodation that will make your trip unforgettable.

3. Durham Cathedral

No visit to Durham would be complete without a tour around the cathedral. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral stands grandly elevated next to Durham Castle, overlooking the city and river below. With stunning architecture inside and out, this historic cathedral is a fantastic place to visit for quiet reflection or to immerse yourself in local history on a guided tour. The new Open Treasure visitor experience is sure to impress, and refreshments are available at the Undercroft Restaurant.
In the middle of the city, the cathedral is a great starting point for your Durham adventure and with a great selection of cottages in Durham, you can find home-from-home accommodation close by. 

4. Alnwick Castle

Much loved Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies, Alnwick Castle will delight visitors looking for a fun-filled day out. From broomstick lessons and dragon quests to The Alnwick Garden, children and adults alike will be taken on an adventure through the castle and gardens’ history and legends, sparking imaginations along the way. There’s also a fantastic choice of food available, including a magical Treetop Restaurant and much more.
To make the most of your time in the area, why not book one of our Alnwick cottages to make your trip even more memorable?

5. Warkworth Castle

Perched above the River Coquet, the ruins of Warkworth Castle are an impressive sight to behold and make for a brilliant day trip for families. Once a stronghold of Northumberland, this castle is bursting with history and offers spectacular views all around. While you’re here, explore the various floors and rooms that are still in tact and marvel at the ruins that hint at its previous grandeur. With children's play areas, open spaces and picnic spots, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors - and you can even bring your dog along on a lead.
With a holiday cottage in Northumberland, you’re free to explore all that this amazing region has to offer. From breath-taking coastal retreats to idyllic countryside getaways, our range of cottages in Northumberland guarantee you a holiday to remember.
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