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This is an interesting castle (fortified manor house) with plenty of history behind it. The castle... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2018
Coventry, United Kingdom
Ruins of a fortified manor/castle in a lovely location

A great 30 minute stop on the road between Alnwick and Craigside. If you or the kids like castles... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
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Reviewed 15 November 2018

This is an interesting castle (fortified manor house) with plenty of history behind it. The castle site is run by English heritage and best of all access is free and it’s pretty much open during all daylight hours. Parking around the village is plentiful. There...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HM654
Reviewed 12 September 2018

The interpretation boards are really interesting - do take time to walk around this delightful English Heritage property - free to visit! Once the home of the Percy family from Northumberland - and must have shared some secrets of English history here.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 11 September 2018

Easy to park, easy to walk to and FREE! Information board so you can see what it was all about and you can see the original old parts that were originally a Manor House before it was fortified. Stopped off her for break on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Helen S
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

The ruins are lovely and set in peaceful grounds where you can stay and have a picnic. Glad we went and ticked this one off our English Heritage to do list. It is free to walk around.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sambairstow27
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Interesting little gem hidden away in Spofforth village just north of Wetherby. Not much to see as it's a ruin, but there are information boards, and English Heritage, who own the site, have more detail on their website

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

A great 30 minute stop on the road between Alnwick and Craigside. If you or the kids like castles this is an excellent chance to see the remains of a fortified manor house and nearby church. The location is beautiful and the plan of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AndrewC4649
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We called her after visiting Plumpton Rocks which we got round quicker than expected. Lovely village, great pub and lovely castle (hall). Was nice to walk round and investigate the rooms. Won’t take you long but if it’s a nice day there’s a field for...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank SooPoo67
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Spofforth Castle is situated in a lovely village. It is next to the village green and there is some information about the design and history of the building. Although a ruin it is on different levels and it is interesting to explore. It doesn't take...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sheilambutcher
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Uniquely built into the side of a rocky outcrop, it fore dates modern planning by around 800 years. The ground floor was built into the side of the hill, and when that became too small they built a second floor, on top of the first...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank KevinSadler2364
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Spent a little while exploring this lovely spot. Full of history and plenty of space to explore. A little uneven under foot but as long as you watch where you are going it is safe enough for most visitors.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Dan M
8 June 2015|
Response from Keith B | Reviewed this property |
Nearest coffee shops are in Wetherby about 3 to 4 miles. Nice town with river running through. Pub 1/4 mile from ruins, toward Wetherby.