Etal Castle
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Etal Castle was built in the early fourteenth century by Robert Manners, in a strategic position by a Ford over the River Till. As a border stronghold, Etal was vulnerable to attack from Scottish raiders, and so the house was soon protected by curtain walls, corner towers and a gate-house. In 1513, the castle was suddenly thrust into the forefront of national events, when it was captured by the Scots during James IV's attempted invasion of England, just before the Battle of Flodden. The castle was eventually abandoned in the eighteenth century, but its picturesque ruins still dominate the village of Etal. A colour guidebook is available which includes a tour of the site, and a history of the castle and its owners.
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Chris T
Lincoln, UK377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Etal Castle is tucked away at the end of a side road (although the ruins can be seen from the main road). It is maintained by EH although admission is free at this site. Car park is adjacent or you can park by the Lavender Tearooms further up the road and walk. The usual interesting historical facts on display, and it is worth a visit if you are in the area, but probably not worth making a special trip for.
Written 26 June 2023
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John B
Rossendale, UK82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Very imposing entrance with the two big cannons guarding it. Not much to see inside but interesting all the same/
Written 9 June 2023
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ndw78
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Visited as part of our train ride with heatherslaw light railway. It’s a ruin so not a lot but plenty information around telling you about it’s past and a great introduction to the little village
Written 30 April 2023
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gaynor s
20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Very disappointed to see that the little museum and shop have gone.we rembered taking our boys several years ago and spending a lovely day having a picnic and enjoying the museum.what has happened too it? I do hope English heritage are going to reinvest in this site.
Written 15 April 2023
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davidandshona
Dumfries, UK2,115 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Nice photo opportunities around the castle however the exhibition and shop are currently closed. However, there's really not that much to see. If you've seen one ruined castle then...
Written 8 March 2023
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travelswithibs
Jarrow, UK199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Free to enter site with toilets nearby! Unfortunately the museum is currently closed which is why it was free to enter. Ideal for kids to let their imaginations run wild. Nice ruins and in a fantastic little village too!
Written 6 November 2022
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VicBo123
Pateley Bridge, UK233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Currently free to access as ticket office is closed (October 2022)
Very lovely but very little to see - you only need to plan on being here for half an hour at most. The nearby village has a pub and a tea room/ shop which are both lovely.
The light railway between Heatherslaw and Etal is worth a trip.
Written 26 October 2022
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RW28
Crianlarich, UK745 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
A little gem of a ruin.

Set in a stunning little village, the castle is set towards the end of the village.

There a lot of ruins in and around this area and this is another well preserved example.

It’s a small castle ruin, it’s still in good condition and is a great example of this era of history.

If you are visiting the area I recommend visiting here.
Written 10 October 2022
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Sarah Jayne
United Kingdom495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Another free to enter English heritage site. Free parking with toilet facilities nearby.
There is a museum normally but this is closed for this season hence the site being free to all to visit.
Another very visually pleasing Northumberland castle and well worth dropping in if you are in the area.
Written 29 September 2022
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Sue
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Only small, but a lovely ruin to wander round, with helpful information boards to give you a idea of the history. Free to look round.
Written 24 September 2022
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