Chillingham Castle

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Chillingham Castle, Sir Humpty’s most treasured jewel.

Chillingham is quite possibly my favourite place in the North East, though I doubt you and I have seen it in the same light. The majority will see it in it’s hazy summer glory, for this is when holidays are taken and Chillingham gets to recoup some of the cost of its spectacular renovation – the gory tales and tours are family friendly (well, for the Adams Family at least), and Sir Humpty’s collection of gore-abilia will rightly pull in the crowds.

Chillingham Castle, Northumberland.
Chillingham Castle, Northumberland.

But for me, Chillingham Castle is at its best when the estate is partially closed for the Autumn and Winter (except to people staying the night), for there is usually a tradesman’s entrance available for dog walkers, nosy folk and stray photographers (seek and ye shall find).
But shhh… don’t tell Sir Humpty, or next time I go soaking up the silence in the deserted castle grounds, I might put me on the rack.

Entrance to Chillingham Castle. Enter at your peril?
Entrance to Chillingham Castle. Enter at your peril?

 

Chillingham. There's bats in the belfry at Chillingham Castle.
Chillingham. There’s bats in the belfry at Chillingham Castle.