FIVE MUST-SEE CASTLES IN NORTH UK

Are you looking to step back in time on your next trip?
Adding a day out to one of the many beautiful castles we have listed below, will not only have you feeling like royalty wandering round the halls and gardens but is a fun way to learn more about the areas history and what it may have looked like many years ago.

From family days out, adults only or dog friendly, there is a monument to fit every need, so if you’re considering exploring somewhere special on your next adventure, check out our list below of the five castles here at Hadrian Motorhomes we think are must-sees!

First up we have Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass, situated on the border of England and Scotland. Whilst the castle is still partially occupied by the same family that have owned the property since 1208, there is also a rumored resident ghost that wanders the halls after nightfall. After exploring the magnificent architecture, you can spend time wandering around the 77 acres of tranquil gardens, visit the owl sanctuary or get lost in the fun maze.

Next, Sizergh Castle, was gifted to the National Trust in 1950 but is still occupied by the Strickland family. The house is adorned with beautiful furniture and centuries old portraits. The stunning Dutch gardens are filled with multi-coloured blossoms and fresh produce that is used withing the on-site café all year round. The garden plant donation stalls are also a wonderful place to purchase a part of the gardens to take home with you, whether that be some of our fresh fruit and veg or a posy of sweet peas.

Over to the Yorkshire coast we find Scarborough Castle, once used as a Roman signal station due to it being the only place in town that you are able to see both the north and south bays of Scarborough. After taking in the wonderful history of this war enduring architecture, you can visit the café for a quiet bite to eat or a simple cup of coffee and enjoy the surrounding views of the castle.

Standing guard across the Northumberland coastline is Bamburgh Castle, spanning over nine acres and is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. After purchasing the castle in 1894, William George Armstrong, a visionary inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist decided he wanted to transform the building into his own vision. He adorned the walls and rooms with his own unique art collection that he felt brought joy to his life. In more modern times, the grounds have been used for various famous films and are also for open air events. At the end of the day you can finish your tour of these historic halls by taking in the idyllic views of the coastline, a photo worthy view for sure.

 

 

Lastly, we have Lindisfarne Castle, nestled away on Holy Island, near Berwick-Upon-Tweed and only accessible at low tide via a causeway or by a boat trip. To see something truly special, seeing the castle at night under the Limelight installation by British art duo Heinrich and Palmer creates a magical vision that appears to be straight from a story book; the installations were imagined by the pair as to highlight the elemental wonders that surround the grounds, it is an absolute must see!

Feeling inspired to take a trip to one of these beautiful spots? We know we are!
At Hadrian Motorhomes we believe every trip should give you memories to hold onto for a lifetime, so if you are planning on booking with us and are unsure on where to go or what to see, get in touch and we will make sure you have the adventure filled break that you are dreaming of!

 

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A DOG FRIENDLY HOLIDAY

For many, being able to take their beloved fur babies on holiday is essential and here at Hadrian Motorhomes, we believe you should be able to have your whole family with you on every adventure.
Along with being able to offer dog friendly motorhomes, we also wanted to share some of our favourite places that you can go and stay, whilst never leaving your best friend’s side.

A great place to start is English Heritage they have over 80 locations around the UK, including some beautiful places in the North and most of them are dog friendly. You can book to visit any of their venues online and can even filter your search to only find the ones that allow your furry pal to join you.

We of course recommend visiting Housestead’s Roman Fort – Hadrian’s Wall, here you can wander round the barracks and hospital whilst taking in the incredible scenery that engulfs the entire ancient fortress. An educational and fun day out for all the family!

For a completely breathtaking day out, visit Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens; the Grade 1 listed gardens are straight from a fairytale, it is influenced by Sir Charles Monck’s travels in the Mediterranean and has its own microclimate to allow these exotic plants to grow out of their natural environment. This idyllic wonderland is a photographers dream and would make the ideal day trip for a romantic day out alongside your fur pal.

 

Or lastly, you could spend the day like a king and queen, wandering around Warkworth Castle & Hermitage. This hilltop fortress is steeped in history and stories to tell, whilst being surrounded by river and coastal views, there is something to keep everyone happy.

When looking for places to park up your Hadrian Motorhome and settle in, we have found a couple of sites near the above places, however you can find dog friendly caravan sites across the country.

Firstly, we have Hadrian’s Wall Campsite, a family run site that welcomes families of all sizes along with their beloved pup. This site sits only 20 minutes from Hadrian’s Wall and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, the park also contains a campsite shop and café.

For a beach side experience, Sandy Bay Holiday Park is the perfect place. You can visit the Boathouse Bar & Restaurant for a delicious sit-down meal or grab something on the go with their Fish ‘n’ Chip takeaway and enjoy it sat on the beach watching the waves. The holiday park also has an indoor pool and amusement arcade to keep you entertained all day.

If you are looking to book a motorhome holiday with us but aren’t sure where to go or the best places to visit, simply get in touch and we can advise you plenty of places that will keep you busy throughout. From sandy beaches to woodland escapes, we want you to have the adventure of a lifetime, and of course get the paw of approval!

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Motorhome holiday in Northumberland.

There’s nothing quite like a Staycation in a motorhome and if you’ve never been to Northumberland, you’re missing a treat. With a motorhome, you can travel around the county; there are so many places to visit, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Click here to hire one of our luxury motorhomes. You can find plenty of places to park your motorhome on independant sites, for example The Barn at the Beal where you can enjoy a wonderful meal and reception at The Bothy before heading back to the warmth and comfort of your luxury motorhome.  This particular site is on the entrance to the causeway to The Holy Island of Lindisfarne.  You must keep a keen eye on tide times if you’re planning on crossing to the island and don’t take any chances or you could be in big trouble. The tide times can be found here. Book your luxury motorhome here

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It’s a lovely walk over the causeway, whatever the weather and there are plenty of photo opportunities on the way. We parked our Motorhome at The Barn at the Beal which has lovely facilities and fabulous views.

Another fabulous place to visit from this site is if you venture about 19 miles South along the coast, you will arrive at Seahouses where you can catch a boat trip to the Farne Islands. Sir David Attenborough called the Farne Islands his favourite place in the UK to see ‘magnificent nature’. Praise indeed! There are a few companies that offer trips over to the Farne Islands; the one we’ve used is Billy Shiels  who we found incredibly informative It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and enjoyable for all ages. Book your luxury motorhome here and make sure you experience this trip if you’re in the area.

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We visited the Farne Island during mating season; they weren’t too keen on us watching it seems.

You can also get fabulous Fish and Chips from Seahouses, perfect if you’re tired and don’t fancy cooking; genuinely, you’ll find it difficult to beat the food from Neptunes. Everything is cooked fresh and they offer sit in (Covid allowing) and take out.

We are happy to give you any advise from our personal experiences, you just need to ask. Book here.