Witness Northumberland’s violent history at its coastal castles

Craster and Warkworth, Northumberland

The Northumberland coastline is strewn with castles and time-ravaged ruins, providing great insight into the county's turbulent past.

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The twice-besieged ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle sits atop remote headland between the villages of Craster and Embleton. Built in the reign of Edward II, this vast seaside structure has seen some of the most violent history of the ages. Now it is a photographer’s dream, casting an iconic silhouette upon the vast coastal sky.

Slightly to the south and a mile inland sits the cross-shaped hilltop fortress of Warkworth Castle and Hermitage. Once home to 'Harry Hotspur' of the Percy family, hero of Border ballads and the bane of Scots raiders, their lion badge can be found on many parts of the stronghold. The nearly complete castle is a fine example of medieval life and architecture and a must-see on any heritage coastal holiday in Northumberland.

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WWarkworth Castle keep in the spring © Gail Johnson
ADunstanburgh Castle, near Craster © Mario Czekirda
DDunstanburgh Castle, near Craster © Gail Johnson
IInside the castle walls at Warkworth Castle © Gail Johnson
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