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“Unsanitised History”
Review of Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle
Ranked #7 of 43 things to do in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Unsanitised History”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Really fascinating castle. A breath of fresh air from the normal sanitised, chocolate boxy NT/EH experience. Plenty of rough edges and all the more fun for it. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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English first
York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Crazy but great!”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

It's an amazing castle, saved by the family from falling into rack and ruin. The history of it is brilliant but it's all over the place, rooms filled with stuff randomly. The owner caminto the tearoom while we were there before going to knock seven colours out of the chapel.
The staff could have been a bit nicer though. Two were sitting chatting when we asked a question and they didn't bother to get up. Shame.
Thoroughly recommend this place though. Brilliant.

Visited August 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“There is no such thing as ghosts! (or is there?)”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

went on the ghost tour as a complete cynic, enjoyed exploring the castle at night and the history of the place is fascinating, didn't see or experience anything but plenty of the group claimed they did, it is quite an experience and recommended as something completely different which you wouldn't normally do

Visited August 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

A stunning, unspoiled castle full of fascinating exhibits. The perhaps slightly 'amateurish' curating adds to the pleasure.

Visited August 2013
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Hertfordshire
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Step back in time at this atmosphere Castle in beautiful setting”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you are visiting a castle for inspection of loos and carpets then perhaps you are missing the point but we just adored Chillingham Castle which is bursting with history and interesting collections of past and present open for us all to see. The owner is truly opening his home to us visitors which gives us a true insight into the life of the castle, past and present and his personal notes add to the understanding of how precious this restoration is.
One visit is not enough to take in the treasures. The tea rooms are amazing and we enjoyed afternoon tea for two for £14 with sandwiches, home made cakes and scones.... Delicious and perhaps the best venue I have ever been for afternoon tea. The gardens and lakes were idyllic and lovely to see the castle from different viewpoints.
All the staff were helpful and friendly. The castle is understated which is an unusual and welcome attribute in these times and we would love to return.

Visited August 2013
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