National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle, Alnwick

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On a quiet, picturesque coast resides National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle, the largest of its kind in Northumberland. Erected in 1313, the castle was built on a far grander scale than was originally recognized. As the focus of fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces, and subsequently fell into decay. Be sure you explore the twin-towered keep, and walk down to the water to view the ruins from the coastline. A visit to National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Alnwick trip itinerary planning tool to plot your vacation.
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  • The castle is run by the National Trust and you have to book ahead. However, it is worth the walk form either north or south to see the ruins form the outside. The keep and turrets occupy a large...  more »
  • After a visit to the Piper's Pitch, we set off for the castle, it's not accessible except on foot but it's an easy mile or so and you get a fantastic perspective all the way. English Heritage owned.....  more »
  • Majestic and steeped in history. The castle is really a ruin, but it is impressive. The whole history of the site is fascinating and the walk from the village towards the castle adds to the awe. It is incredible to imagine how these places were built, the thickness of the walls, and the sheer ruggedness of the site. There is no doubt that Northumberland has a history like very few other places, and the whole coastline is enhanced by these monuments. There is a rocky beach along much of the footpath to the castle which provides an opportunity to look at some of the rock pools and the amazingly clear water. We were very fortunate to see seals a few meters off the shore, so keep a look out.
  • There isn't a whole lot here but what remains makes for a fantastic landmark, especially the twin towers of the gatehouse. Staff in the office were very friendly and welcoming. Although it's an English Heritage site it is also linked with the National Trust so your membership will work there if you have one. A good walk and great views plus the wee village of Craster is a lovely wee place.

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