Chillingham Castle is situated in an area bursting with natural beauty. Surrounded by fields of countryside that provide spectacular views, the grounds of the castle comprise of enchanting wild woodlands that have been left undisturbed.

There are lakes and idyllic gardens that play host to an exceptional variety of flowers and trees, as well as wildlife. The woods are home to deer, rabbits and foxes and the ground is often blanketed in seasonal flowers, such as daffodils and bluebells.

Located in Northumberland close to the Scottish border, Chillingham Castle inevitably holds a history filled with bloody battles between the English and the Scots. The Grey family incorporated torture chambers, which are now open for public viewing. Here, ill-fated inmates were once interrogated with iron maidens, thumbscrews and branding irons and visitors to the castle will have the opportunity to view the skeletal remains of a child that rests in the vault below.

There’s no escaping this castle’s gruesome past, even stepping outdoors to the nearby lake you will be visiting the burial ground of thousands of Scots who were dumped in the water after unfortunate skirmishes with the English.

Within the walls of the castle you can visit the state rooms visited by King James I in 1603. The rooms contain hand-carved plaques, tapestries and display fine examples of Elizabethan ceilings and antique furnishings.

Visitors can also step into the room of Edward 1st, where lords would stay up away from the smells that emanated from both the lake and the dungeons below. Outside of the castle are beautiful gardens where visitors can enjoy the scenery and relax by the water features or you can take a stroll on one of the woodland walks to enjoy the surrounding nature.

Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ
Tel: +44 (0)1668 215359
Times: April – October, Sunday – Friday, 12.00 – 17.00