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“beautiful old castle and chapel”
Review of Hylton Castle

Hylton Castle
Reviewed August 11, 2013

breathtakingly beautiful castle ruin- just about to undergo refurbishment-with a small chapel and gardens it also has a dene alongside the grounds with a lovely walk through .there is also a childs playground just outside for a family visit

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The renovation work has been well done, though only the entrance way and the chapel remain. Has many dark stories of ghosts attached to it. Featured on Time Team

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Beautiful old castle in lovely grounds. The castle does battle reenactments and has a summer programme of events available from the tourist information office or the local press. The castle is next to a large playground and has lovely walks through the dene down to a large lake. It has a great cycle path. Well worth a visit.

Thank Debi S
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Hylton Castle is a distinctive and highly decorative gatehouse-tower of a castle built by the wealthy Sir William Hylton, shortly before 1400. Originally built from wood it was rebuilt in stone in the late 14th century and contains four floors of family accommodation. The entrance front displays royal and family heraldry, including Richard II’s white hart badge.

The castle is the second oldest building in Sunderland and is situated in its own grounds alongside St Catherine's Chapel. It even has its own ghost - the Cauld Lad!

The castle was neglected in the late 18th century and stood empty until the 1840s when it was briefly used as a school until it was purchased again in 1862. When the castle was occupied and not surrounded as now by modern housing estates, it must have been an imposing building with great views over the county.

Hylton Castle is now owned by English Heritage but it is not open to the public apart from on Heritage Open Days. This seems a shame as I am sure that it would draw lots of visitors to view part of the North East’s heritage.

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