Alongside walks through beech woods and gardens, visitors can see the remains of a late 15th-century pele tower, built as a proper defensive structure to protect the owners of the estate against Border country raiders. Its walls are seven feet thick and the first two floors are furnished as they may have been in the 1400s. Also on the second floor is a display about the nearby Battle of Flodden (1513) in which James VI of Scotland was killed. The tower also contains a large Victorian clock mechanism of the same design as Big Ben and striking the hours only.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open daily, daylight until sunset or 6pm (closed Xmas Day)
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About the area
If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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