Aydon Castle

Aydon Castle is a well preserved 13th century manor house which was lived in and used as a farmhouse right up until 1966. It is now owned and managed by English Heritage.

Sometimes called Aydon Hall, it is a fortified manor house at Aydon near to the town of Corbridge, Northumberland.

History of Aydon Castle

Entrance Gates

Construction of the original timber hall is believed to have begun in 1296 by Robert de Reymes.

Outer Wall

The house was later fortified and surrounded by a curtain wall around 1305 to protect it from Scottish raiders but could still not avoid capture by the Scots in 1315 and again in 1346.

In the more peaceful 17th century it was converted into a farm with an orchard within the castle walls and additional farm buildings added later.

Carnaby Coat of Arms
Collinson family marks

The Reymes family owned Aydon for several centuries. Later owners and occupants included the Carnaby family whose coat of arms can be seen carved above a fireplace and the Collinson family who left initials in stone on a door lintel.

This carving at Aydon Castle reminds me of the Davy Jones character in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Location of Aydon Castle

Opening Hours & Ticket Prices

Nice spot for a picnic.

If you want to visit (closed currently due to Coronavirus) you can find all the details you need on English Heritage’s website. Like many attractions in Northumberland it is closed during the winter months.

As with all English Heritage places, it is best to become a member for free unlimited visits. No only is it good value for money but it is a charity and you are helping to preserve the nation’s history and heritage.

Northumberland Traveller

Since leaving Malaysia in April 2019 I have been living in Northumberland, a scenic and historic county in the far northeast of England. During this time I have been doing lots of walks and exploring the county’s many attractions, some of which I have written about here.

You can take a look and get some ideas for places to visit .

What’s So Great About Northumberland?

It’s Spacious. It’s the least crowded county in England. Northumberland is big with an area around 5,014 sq. km (the 6th biggest) while its population is low, only 319,000 in 2018, meaning a population density of just 63 people per sq. km. Less people means less traffic on the roads, less stress, less pollution, etc.

It’s Scenic. Northumberland is geographically diverse with the Northumberland National Park taking up over a fifth of the county, a long and spectacular coastline, large forests, lakes, rolling farmland, majestic rivers and the windswept Cheviot Hills. And Northumberland has a great location surrounded by scenic places such as the Lake District in Cumbria, the North York Moors, County Durham, and the Borders of Scotland.

It’s Historic. There are a lot of historical remains here ranging from Hadrian’s Wall, castles and peles to mining and industrial sites. The City of Newcastle upon Tyne (once part of Northumberland but now administered as part of Tyne and Wear) is a wonderful city, packed full of historical places of interest and heritage sites.

It’s Friendly. The people of Northumberland are welcoming, hardy, salt-of-the-earth types, with the most attractive of all the northern English accents.

What Will I Be Blogging About?

Here are some of the walks and sights I have written about so far.

Long Distance Walks such as:

City Trails & Art Trails:

  • Lowry Trail
  • Bewick Trail
  • John Martin Trail
  • Norman Cornish Trail
  • Newcastle City Trail

Other Walks:

Castles

Roman Sites

  • Corbridge Roman Town
  • Chesters Roman Fort
  • Housesteads Roman Fort

Museums

  • Laing Art Gallery
  • The Clayton Museum
  • Wylam Railway Museum
  • Stephenson Railway Museum
  • North East Land Sea & Air Museum
  • Bowes Railway Museum
  • Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House and Museum
  • Woodhorn Museum

Historical Homes and Gardens

Churches and Abbeys

Lighthouses

  • Souter Lighthouse
  • St Mary’s Lighthouse
  • Tynemouth Pier Lighthouse

Monuments & Statues

Railway Related Sites

Other Attractions

Attractions in Neighbouring Counties

I will add to this list over the coming months.