is his Castle of course, and here in Northumberland we have more Castles than any other county in England. Now not all of them are lived in, and many lie ruin and testiment to the turbulent past they have witnessed. Those which are lived in like Bamburgh and Alnwick are open to the public for most of the year, and open weekends only in the “off season”. Both of these castles also feature in many “casting sessions”, being favourites of both big and small screen producers alike. So oft times on a visit you may come across the film maker’s entourage, as the next epic is in the making.
The imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh provide a spectacular back drop to a lovely walk from Craster to Embleton (or vice versa) part of the greater St Oswald’s Way, or to an 18 hole golf epic as you drive toward the ruins, on the Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club links course.
Further North lies the ruins of Norham and Barmoor Castles, both crucial locations during the Battle of Flodden and both an imposing edifice to behold.
Chillingham Castle is well named – its a spine chiller, reputedly one of the most haunted castles in the country and having featured in the TV programme “Most Haunted” and many other spookily popular writings across the ages. You can, if you wish get married here, many do, and even stay the night if you so desire.
Edlingham Castle, a little lesser known location, but a famous association with yet another big screen image it featured on the promotional poster for block buster The Unexpected Journey the first of the Hobbit Trilogy of films.