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Great place for social history but feels 'off'

It was crammed full of curiosities. Great for those who loves castles and history. However, I do... read more

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Nicky G
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A place full of curiosities

I visited Chillingham castle while on holiday in Northumberland, the main reason was because it’s... read more

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Fascinating time exploring the nooks and crannies of the castle . Full of lots of artefacts. Lots of personal touches from the owners own history. Nice to go to such a personal home .

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Fresh from our meeting with the Chillingham cattle we were ready for anything at the Castle.I really thought initially that it was very odd with the initial emphasis on torture - iron maiden, stretching on the rack etc etc and I was almost prepared for going home. However as you go upstairs it all improves and the visitor is greeted by rooms of 'clutter' but interesting clutter and described by some very informed attendants. We were informed that the owner was very knowledgeable and he knew what he was buying. The bath once briefly owned by Mick Jagger is of interest and much of the stuff can be described as memorabilia. The chapel was peaceful and the cafe was a pleasant retreat. The Lakes and grounds were quite delightful and all in all it was an experience - an interesting experience - far removed from NT or EH.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

Very disappointing with no more than an hours worth of visit....
It is a very impressive castle with masses of history as we had read up on the place before we visited however the castle makes no reference to its huge and varied history but is filled with random "things" which have no bearing on the castles history which caused the visit to make no sense.....
I appreciate the work the owner has made to keep the castle within the family that it is linked to and admire this, however this is made no reference to and seems to ignore this history rich castle
Really disappointing visit

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Chillingham, Estates Office at Chillingham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

I am so very sorry you felt the history of the Castle was not fully represented. The many Royal visits and fierce sieges are written up in the Castle Guidebook, but it is hard to read all that detail as you tour the Castle. Do please, come again and, if Sir Humphry is there, he would love to explain all that drama that he has written into his Castle Guidebook. An early attack was when the family took the Castle for the Wild Cattle to feed their three Border castles, 40,000 Scots attacked in 1513 and the Percy family besieged the Castle in 1536 smashing the outer walls with their new cannon fire. All that is written up in the Guidebook and Sir Humphry would love to talk you through it all.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Booked a ghost tour for my partner's birthday at the end of August and we had almost 2 months to wait as I wanted it to be near Halloween. We were sent instructions, which included a recommendation to bring a torch - this was good advice as it's pitch black in the grounds. The directions in the email where really helpful in getting us there and parked as it's in the middle of nowhere like most castles. The castle was lit up beautifully on arrival and had flame torches at the entrance, which set the scene for the night. We were greeted in the courtyard by Jill who had all our names so was expecting us. Graham then guided us round the grounds and castle and it was informative and entertaining. If you go expecting full body aperitions of torchored souls draped in chains and Derek Acorah channeling spirits from the other side you'll probably be disappointed. But if you want a tour of a historic castle steeped in bloody history then you'll love it like we did. What you take away from it is personal but we're already taking about going back for the all nighter.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We really enjoyed our visit. Lots of clutter, but very interesting. The room guides were very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information about the castle and the Wakefield and Grey families. We had coffee and scones in the cafe and they were delicious. The castle isn't easy to find. We were almost there and about to ask the way, when we saw a sign. Perhaps a brown sign on the A1 would help.

1  Thank Moyra A
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Chillingham, Estates Office at Chillingham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Thank you for your comments. I am pleased that you appreciate the history and the feel of this ancient castle with all its quirky charm. Chillingham Castle has a lot to offer and our Room Stewards are very knowledgeable of the castles steeped history. Thank you for making us aware of the signage. There are several signs along the A1 however these maybe have been obscured. Again, I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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