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Castle, next open Mon 3 Apr - Sun 29 Oct 2017

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Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle

Details

This remarkable and very private castle has been continuously owned by just one family line since the 1200's. A visit from Edward I in 1298 was followed by many other Royal visits right down through this century. See Chillingham's alarming dungeons as well as active restoration in the Great Halls and State Rooms which are gradually brought back to life with tapestries, arms and armour. We even have a very real torture chamber.

The 1100s stronghold became a fortified castle in 1344, see the original Royal Licence to Crenellate on view. Wrapped in the nation's history Chillingham also occupied a strategic position during Northumberland's bloody border feuds being a resting place to many royal visitors. Tudor days saw additions but the underlying medievalism remains. 18th and 19th Centuries saw decorative extravagances including Capability Brown lakes and grounds with gardens laid out by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville, fresh from his triumphs at Windsor Castle. Prehistoric Wild Cattle roam the park beyond more rare than mountain gorilla (a separate tour) and never miss the family tomb in the church.

Gardens
With romantic grounds, the castle commands breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. As you walk to the lake you will see, according to season, drifts of snowdrops, daffodils or bluebells and an astonishing display of rhododendrons. This emphasises the restrained formality of the Elizabethan topiary garden, with its intricately clipped hedges of box and yew. Lawns, the formal gardens and woodland walks are all fully open to the public.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Corporate Hospitality/Functions: Corporate entertainment, lunches, drinks, dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Parking: Avoid Lilburn route, coach parties welcome by prior arrangement. Limited for coaches. Suitability for Dogs: Guide dogs only. Accommodation: Self catering apartments.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Mon 3 Apr - Sun 29 Oct 2017 Mon - Fri 12:00 to 17:00 | Sun 12:00 to 17:00
3rd April - 29th October 2017.
Please note the castle is CLOSED ON SATURDAYS EXCEPT EASTER SATURDAY. Opening times: 12.00 - 5.00 Last entry 4.30pm.

Prices

Adult £9.50 Children £5.50 Conc. £8.50 Family Ticket £23.00 (2 adults and 3 children under 15)

Contact

The Estate Office

01668 215359

Address

Chillingham Castle,
Northumberland,
NE66 5NJ

Location

Directions

Plan route to Chillingham Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NU 061257  Lat: 55.52584 Long: -1.90384

By Road:
Nearest major road is A1. Turn off the A1 onto the B6348 and follow the brown signs.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station is Alnmouth Train Station (10 miles).
Nearest bus station is Alnwick (9 miles).

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Corporate Hospitality/Functions: Corporate entertainment, lunches, drinks, dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Parking: Avoid Lilburn route, coach parties welcome by prior arrangement. Limited for coaches. Suitability for Dogs: Guide dogs only. Accommodation: Self catering apartments.