Chillingham Castle

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Chillingham Castle was built in the 12th century as a stronghold of the border counties. It is a fascinating place to visit with its many state rooms. great hall and torture chambers. The grounds were laid out by Capability Brown and are a delight with the Italian garden, woodlands and lake.

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The Blue boy, poor, wandering, Lady Mary, a tortured child, the Royal procession and so many other famous stories. Chillingham retains them all because the Castle stays calm and unaltered ever since ancient battling days. With all its beauty and calm, Chillingham has many ghosts. Of course it has. Quite apart from Lady Mary and her friends, the Castle family lived exciting and romantic lives, they served Kings, but then, as William Shakespeare notes, they rebelled, too. With a record eighteen Knights of the Garter, the family also had no less that eight famous, well recorded, executions. Some were hanged, drawn and quartered. While alive, they were cut down from the Gallows, to have their entrails removed. Still living, the failing body was cut into quarters. The head was displayed on city gates, as a warning. Other members of the family, more fortunate, simply had their heads chopped off.

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Tours all year round, by arrangement, Start: 8.00 p.m.



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Clearly marked from the Alnwick/Berwick A1. Clearly marked from the Newcastle/Wooler A697 (nearer to Wooler and also marked from Wooler). Short cut from Alnwick on the A to Chatton. Enter through Main Gates. Free parking signed. Parking adjacent to Castle for the disabled.


Opening times (5 April - 30 October):
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM12:00 PM - 4:30 PM12:00 PM - 4:30 PM12:00 PM - 4:30 PM12:00 PM - 4:30 PM12:00 PM - 4:30 PM-

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Address: Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ, UK.
Phone: +44 1668 215359

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