Monday, 28 May 2012

Warkworth Castle



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Warkworth Castle (in Northumberland) has a beautiful and well-preserved keep, full of narrow staircases and secret passages. Not that these were ever used for the nefarious purposes of which I think when I daydream of castles with secret passages, mind you - they seem to have been built primarily for allowing servants to serve food and drink without wandering through the main rooms. One clear example of this being the stairs from the wine cellar directly up into the great hall - very practical!

We arrived just after a coach-load of small children, which for a moment looked like it could have been very bad timing. Fortunately the kids were being carefully herded around by teachers and parents in quite big groups, so we didn't find ourselves tripping over them all the time. And on the plus side, there were several costumed volunteers on hand to work with the school group, which added to the atmosphere more generally.

There's also a hermitage, accessible only by boat - the boats only run on certain days, and we unfortunately missed it, so it's worth checking to see if you can time your visit to coincide with the boats.



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10 comments:

Elizabeth Braun said...

It's quite a good one, isn't it?

BTW, I kept forgetting to tell you that I love your newly done travel page. It looks really classy and professional.=)

Jenny Woolf said...

Don't think I have heard of it - where is it? It sounds as if it ought to be in Derbyshire but perhaps if there is a boat required, then not....

Your travel page is super!!

Julie Ringland said...

Fabulous images, they have a wonderful quality to them. Warkworth is beautiful, known for being the prettiest village in Northumberland and the magnificent castle, which dominates the village, provides a wonderful photo opportunity. Great work!
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CeCe said...

Does this look like Narnia to anyone else? These photos are beautiful.

Rachel said...

One of the old Percy strongholds in medieval times, wasn't it. Can't you just imagine Harry Hotspur striding around, armour clanking and spurs jingling..!

Lilian Nattel said...

How evocative--that is something you just can't see in my part of the world.

Fly Girl said...

What striking pix! This looks like a wonderful adventure, I would love to see the costumed guides.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Breathtaking! If I ever leave the country...

Charlotte Klein said...

Gorgeous photographs! And glad to hear you avoided the rush of children... I would find that a bit distracting.

Also I have always wanted to live in a house with secret passages :)

Elizabeth said...

Awesome photos.... Scotland is one if my favorite places to visit.

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