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Coastline + Castles

Day Trips and Short Breaks > Coastline + Castles

A  day tour exploring the beautiful and historic coastline  of  Northumberland, all three locations included with ALL admission fees!

Bamburgh Castle – Dramatically situated castle built on a rocky outcrop on the Northumberland coastline, this prominant hilltop has been a defensive position since the Dark Ages when it was the site of the ancient capital of the Northumbrian Kings. In the 18th and 19th century, Lord Crewe and then Lord Armstrong extensively reconstructed the ruined castle creating one of the most picturesque and recognisable castles in the whole of England.

Holy Island - often referred to by its ancient name of Lindesfarne, this tidal island reached by a mile long causeway, was an important centre for teaching and learning for the Celtic Church in the British Isles. The monastery of Lindisfarne was founded by Irish born Saint Aidan, who had been sent from Iona off the west coast of Scotland to Northumbria at the request of King Oswald ca. AD 635 and subsequently became the base for Christian evangelising in the North of England during the Dark Ages.

Dunstanburgh Castle – Built on a rocky headland jutting into the North Sea, this ruined castle still makes a prominent feature in the coastal landscape. Built in the 14th century during the conflict for succession of the English Crown termed “The War of the Roses” the castle was a stronghold of the Lancastrians who’s powerful leader, John of Gaunt, was one of the most powerful men of the time and whose heirs include Kings Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI of England.

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