- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Outdoor
This iconic castle ruin was once upon a time one of the largest and most grandiose forts in Northern England, still even now thoroughly dominating an especially beautiful stretch of Northumberland's coastline. It is a reportedly easy walk from Craster along to the castle, assisted by the plethora of sheep and cows for the kids to spot and numerous rock pools on the beach to explore if you've got the weather. Watch out for wading birds like oyster catchers, dunlin and redshanks!
It is very much a ruin and but still sturdy and safe to enter: once inside it's atmospheric enough to get their imaginations going and there's lots of space for kids to run around, pretending to be knights and queens, or princesses and kings, or sea monsters attacking the castle: whatever you like, really! The gift shop can help with this in the form or swords, crowns and what not, so take the pocket money! You can also pick up an excellent guidebook which talks you through the differing rooms, including the presence of the no doubt giggleworthy garderobes (medieval toilets).
There are great views from the top of the tower if you're brave enough to climb all the way and speaking of brave, did we mention the ghost...? The story goes that Sir Guy the Seeker tried and failed to rescue a beautiful maiden from the castle and still haunts the castle to this day, trying to find her. Apparently he's perfectly friendly so not worry, but if the kids get a bit nervous about it you can always distract them with the other rumour about the castle, the one about the secret tunnels...
- Restaurant Onsite
- Picnics Allowed
- Parking Available Nearby
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3TT, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
25th March - 30 September 2016 Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm 1 October - 31st October Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm 1 November - 19 February Weekend 10.00am - 4.00pm
Adult: £4.70 Child: £2.80 Concession: £4.20 Family tickets available.