A 14thC castle in picturesque surroundings, steeped in the history of border warfare.
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PRICES INCLUDE GIFT AID
Car parking available
Gift shop on site
Small but worth a look
CuratorsEgg, Manchester, United Kingdom
This is quite a small castle - more of a fortified manor house. The info boards give a great insight into its fascinating history and there is a nice exhibition too about the nearby battle at Flodden. Friendly staff and also very welcoming of our dog.
A fabulous little castle packed with history.
Michael Joe H, Washington, United Kingdom
A wonderful find at the end of the local narrow gauge railway from nearby Heathershaw (open carriages plus dog friendly). Yes it's not massive (as some reviewers point out but alas all castles weren't built on a grand scale) but with lots of information, amazing views, scenery (England's most famous painter, Turner loved this place and visited here on many occasions) and history, it's well worth a visit. Take the railway from Heathetshaw (about 4 miles) and take a lovely walk back through pleasant countryside, with tea shop and pub in Etal to refresh yourself beforehand. Even better join English Heritage and enjoy 100d of similar aces countrywide.
Nice little to place to visit. As a small exhibition to show the history of the battles between the English and the Scottish over the border. There is a fantastic audio guide to hear all about the castle so make sure you ask for one to bring the castle alive.
Walk to get the most out of your visit
sheilanurse56, Sunderland, United Kingdom
I visited the area to go to the Heavy Horse Festival at Hay Farm. It was a great event with lots to see but did not take up a whole day. From the farm we went to the Old Dairy Coffee andChampagne Bar. This is a very quirky place just outside Etal village, lovely coffee and entertaining interior and antique collection. Sadly dogs are not allowed. We then visited Etal hall to see the murals and went up to the old horseshoe house at the top of the village. Then on to Ford to the castle and battle display afterwards had a very nice cuppa in the village. Didn't have time for the mill or railway but can always go back!
Sandra and Alan S, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Having seen the tourist signs for Ford & Etal Estate on the A1 for many years and not been able to divert, it was disappointing that when we did finally have time to do so, we chose the last week in March to be passing by and the Castle does not open until 1st April! Had the chance for a quick walk around the walls and a look at the cannons guarding the entrance nonetheless. However, this is a small castle and does not appear to be that much to see, though it would have been interesting to see more of the connection to Flodden.