The best castle you’ve never heard of?

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Dunstanburgh castle in Northumberland stands on a remote headland with dramatic views of the coastline.

It was built in 1313 by Earl Thomas of Lancaster, during a time when relations between King Edward II and the Earl, the King’s most powerful baron, had become openly hostile. The Earl’s rebellion was defeated in 1322 and he was captured and executed.

The castle was then passed on to John of Gaunt, who strengthened it against the Scots by converting the great twin towered gatehouse into a keep. It was later the centre of fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, where it was besieged twice and eventually captured by Yorkist forces, but subsequently fell into decay.

There is no coach parking on site. A 15% discount is offered to groups of 11 or more, with free entry for the driver and tour leader. Average length of visit stands at one hour. Tickets are £4.00 per adult, £2.40 per child and £3.60 concessions, before discounts.

Contact the site on 01665 576231 for a group booking form.