- Castles and Palaces
Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor
A mere 20 minutes from the seaside, Chillingham Castle is open to the public from Easter and through October for exploration of their Gardens, Lakes and Parklands, plus tours of the Castle State Rooms, Dungeons and Torture Chamber!
Maybe you will spot one of the ghosts reportedly seen here over the years, named the Blue Boy, Lady Mary Berkeley and the Torturer! If that's your thing then you can actually take a ghost tour here at 20:00 by arrangement, which not only covers the spookier areas of the house but also out in the grounds so keep an eye out for bats! There's no age limit attached so it's presumably pretty mild but give the obvious considerations to taking sensitive kids to such things.
Having been King Edward 1st's 'base camp' for the 1298 defeat of William Wallace this is a historically significant site in many other ways too, so a great chance for kids to learn some history and an ideal chance to research extra credit reports!
Elsewhere on site you can visit the Chillingham Wild Cattle: the only surviving herd of purebreds in the world! They're actually so wild that they're a bit dangerous to approach, so you're provided with a professional warden to judge distances with you and keep you safe while you learn about them and get a good look! They're actually so unusual, they're rarer than giant pandas!
- Snacks Available
- Onsite Shop
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Parking Available On-site
Getting There and Contact Information
Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ, England
Click here to visit Chillingham Castle's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
1st April - 4th November
Sunday to Friday 12:00 - 17:00
1 hour before attraction closes
A beautiful castle that will appeal to all ages.
Written by kaciemorgan . 18.12.17
Chillingham Castle is one of the best UK castles I've been to with my family. My niece and nephew loved seeing the old dungeons and the torture chamber, although I found it a little eerie myself. There are lots of elaborately decorated rooms to see inside, and the castle lies in the grounds of beautiful gardens. They must spend lots of money and time on keeping it looking so elegant! There is even an on-site tearoom which serves delicious light meals and snacks, although be warned, it is a little expensive.
Nice Castle, Not great for pushchairs/wheelchairs!
Written by steph430 . 18.12.17
This castle is actually really nice and a different option if you don't fancy Alnwick castle. There is a lot on show including armoury, and each of the different areas have areas in which you can read about the history of the castle and its battles. However, if you have young children still in a pushchair, or anyone with mobility issues, it's an absolute no go. The steps are extremely difficult to navigate and the grounds are extremely uneven.