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Ever since I read my father's copy of Scott's Marmon as a boy, Norham Castle has been part of my imagination but until now (over 40 years later) never visited. Luckily the weight of expectation was more than met for this is one of the...More
What a wonderful ruined castle. Maintained by English Heritage which makes it all the more surprising that it was free!! Plus, we were the only visitors, which was an added bonus.
Situated just outside the picturesque village of Norham and next to the Tweed, this...More
You can’t get much closer to Scotland and still be in England than Norham Castle. If it weren’t for the trees you could literally throw a stone from the walls and it would land north of the border.
This proximity to the marauding Scots explains...More
In May 1291 King Edward 1 met the Scottish nobles to decide who should rule in Scotland.
The Castle today is but a shell of what it once was. The notice boards give an idea of what it did look like. There is a spiral...More
The ruins of Norham Castle stand on the River Tweed on the border between England and Scotland just outside the village of the same name. It has an interesting history and this is briefly explained on some of the information boards dotted about the site....More
Although the site is free to visit, there are plenty of well placed information boards describing the history of the castle and its dominating Keep. The views of the castle from the adjacent river are partly obscured by mature trees which were possibly not there...More
It's slightly off the beaten track, but it well signposted so easy enough to find. There's good ruins here, just enough to imagine how it would have looked back when the Bishop of Durham owned and entertained here.
Located on the bank of the Tweed and a frequent target of attacks from the Scots including Robert the Bruce. Shame the superior Scots forces at Flodden made a tactical error, otherwise this would probably be in Scotland.
We were fortunate to have the site just to ourselves which was such a surprise given how symbolic it was. So it was great to just stand there in the quiet and reflect on this historic ruin.
What is also good is that there are...More