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“Hidden away”
Review of Aydon Castle

Aydon Castle
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Corbridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

The English Heritage book says that this medieval fortified manor house is nestled in woodland. Rather more to the point, when we tried to find it, the direction sign was hidden by branches and, after a minor divorce, we found it from the other direction. A volunteer must have cut away the offending growth minutes after we passed as he arrived back as we chatted at the desk.
We've decided that for English Heritage, you need a guide book and this was very useful to lead us around the buildings and explain their purpose and place in the development. Starting as a manor house, wars arising with the Scots rapidly made defence necessary although it was never going to stop a determined assault and changed hands from time to time. Rather more roofs than normal and distant views. Despite no tea room, the small shop has tea, coffee and ice cream.

1  Thank John L
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Although not as famous as certain other castles in Northumberland,this gem should not be missed. A perfect example of its type, set in a peaceful location and providing the perfect setting to spend the afternoon. On the day we visited,a quartet of musicians provided wonderful entertainment incorporating a French theme ( Bastille Day ). Bring a picnic as the castle has a lovely orchard area ideal for outdoor eating.If the sun shines, then so much the better.

2  Thank Craig L
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

We decided that we wanted to visit Aydon Castle mainly because it was lived in until the 1960, when the property was taken over by English Heritage and the farm house opposite the castle was built for the family. It is not easily signposted as the property is down small country lanes, so go slowly as you may meet other traffic coming in the opposite direction. The property has a wall around it which is intact, and you can walk around the outside of the manor house taking in the flora and fauna. Once inside the manor house you walk along the wooden floor boards, looking at all the fascinating things that are still intact including the farm styes. There is an added set of stairs in the main room which the family had installed. All the windows are still intact. I honestly cannot imagine living in this house, far to many windy areas, and to many spiders, but amazing to think some family lived here when I was born. Well worth a visit.

2  Thank chris r
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

The perfect miniature castle perched on a vertiginous crop of rock above a rushing river (which also makes for a lovely walk after the visit). Places to sit and wonder on the castle's battlements and places to picnic. Hidden away and quite lovely.

Thank Liz W
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

We stumbled across this by accident, and were not dissappointed.

Its only small but very well preserved and steeped in history and an ideal place to kill an hour or two.

As members of english heritage that owns the prioperty its was free to get in and depite only being samll it is very well preserved and a wonderful place to explore

Thank JULIAN M
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