Chillingham Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Northumberland, NE66 5NJ

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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.

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.

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.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults£11.00 adult
Children£7.00 child
Concession£10.00 concession
Family Ticket£30.00 family

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Road Directions

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 (18 miles). Nearest bus station is Alnwick (13.2 miles). The nearest railway station is Alnmouth, which is 18 miles away.



  • Café
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Accommodation on site - Self Catering
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Film or TV location

Parking & Transport

  • Parking

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours


Opening Times

Season (31 Mar 2024 - 3 Nov 2024)

* 11am until 5pm (last admission 4pm).

Groups & Coach Tours by appointment.
Ghost Tours. Book via our website.
Please check website for more details and any unplanned closures.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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