It looks completely off the beaten path but in reality is about a mile out of Corbridge down an obscure, but perfectly accessible, country lane. It's a fascinating walled house that really helps you understand the challenges that abounded living through the middle ages in Northumbria. If you're a historian or archaeologist, then you'll have great fun spotting the different periods that each feature belongs to.
I don't normally recommend the guides that English Heritage sells, but the one for Aydon Castle is well written and does provide that extra something to understanding the buildings.
It's also a welcome relief from all the Roman sites in the area! The centre manager was also really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the site, which was a definite plus.
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