CastlesNorthumberland is awash with historic castles thanks to its position on the border of England. This area of the country has seen its fair share of skirmishes and battles over the centuries.
The most dramatic of the county´s fortresses is probably Bamburgh Castle, perched high on a basalt crag with views out to the North Sea and inland across the plains. This 11th Century castle is medieval from a distance, although its interior was renovated in Victorian times.
Lindisfarne Castle, from Tudor times, is a jewel (don´t get caught out by the tide or you´ll spend the night locked in to a local pub). Remember to wander around the garden that was designed by Gertrude Jerkyll while you are there.
If it´s dramatic vistas you want, then head to the ruin at Dunstanburgh which you can walk to from the fishing village of Crater after a pint and a crab sandwich at the pub.
There´s also Chillingham Castle with its ghost tours, falconry and tea rooms, Edlingham Castle for ruins to clamber around and of course Alnwick Castle, the long term seat of the Percy Family, which was famously used as the location for the Harry Potters films (along with King´s School Gloucester).