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“not worth the detour” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aydon Castle

Aydon Castle
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Corbridge
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“not worth the detour”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

one of the poorest castles i have visited with little on display to fascinate or excite the visitor.None of the usual artifacts furniture etc to bring it to life, just a series of empty rooms and some mundane descriptions though the guardian did provide us with an interesting history. Don't waste the not insubstantial entry fee

Visited August 2013
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Eye, United Kingdom
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600 reviews
243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Hidden away”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
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Rotherham
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Well worth finding”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“AMAZING VIEW OF A FORTIFIED MANOR HOUSE LIVED IN UNTIL 1960”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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“My favourite place in Northumberland”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2012
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