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“Amazing place, horrible history”
Review of Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle
Ranked #10 of 30 things to do in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Chillingham Castle is open to the public between Easter - End of October. Hours open is 12 noon - 5pm.
Reviewed 12 February 2018

I came to the castle with a large group of co-workers for a fun and adventurous weekend.
Our first night the sky was clear and with no light pollution the stars were just incredible.
The apartments we stayed in were off to the left side of the castle (the 'newer' bit) which was very basic but comfortable - the heaters were a blessing because it was February and VERY cold.
The castle is really impressive and has not been modernised a great deal which adds to the atmosphere in there.
Lots to see, plenty to experience. The gardens and grounds were a feast for the eyes.
We went on a ghost tour which was more informative than enlightening but the tour guide knew his stuff about the grisly goings-on through history and most of it is pretty horrific.We didn't see any ghosts or unexplained wossnames but it was entertaining but oh my God the rooms on the tour are SO cold at this time of year - no-one can overstate how important it is to wrap up. Whatever you think will be enough add another layer. A scarf will be handy too.
The atmosphere if really friendly and informal too.
Access to the surrounding countryside is limited so a car is a big help. We were in a fairly large group so we ponied up the money for a minibus to take us to Alnwick which is a very nice, well kept town with a good wodge of history - plus they filmed some scenes from Harry Potter at the Alnwick Castle.....

Top tip: If you're tall like me (6' 4") make sure you duck going through the doors in the castle itself - I almost knocked myself out on one doorway, serves me right for not watching where I was going.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Some friends and I recently booked a paranormal ghost tour at Chillingham Castle. We had the option of organising a meal at the castle before the tour which we did (a minimum of 10 guests are required). A meal immersed in the fabric of a 12 century castle? Foolish not to really. The menu options all sounded delicious and our selections on the night certainly did not disappoint. Service was prompt, portions were sumptuous and it all looked and tasted amazing. A hearty, hot meal certainly was the best way to start our Evening. With snow outside, we were wrapped in the historic embrace of the Minstrels Hall and sat before its generous log fire. It was hard not to feel special. Our wonderful hosts Graham and Jill came and introduced themselves and it was lovely to meet them and chat prior to the tour. The tour itself was brilliant. A perfect balance of castle history intertwined with tales of paranormal experiences and a couple of experiments! The castle is brimming with great exhibits and artefacts you are unlikely to come into such close contact with anywhere else. Sturdy shoes, a warm coat and a torch really are a must, but this is all explained on the booking confirmation. We all had a wonderful evening and it was an excellent way to lift our spirits mid January after the Christmas hustle and bustle. Chillingham Castle is also Sir. Humphrey’s home and it was an honour and a privilege to be able to experience the evening the way we did. The guides Graham and Jill went above and beyond to make everybody welcome (some of us were quite nervous) and our safety and well-being was paramount. This is a must do experience for those who have a love for history, the Northumberland countryside and or the paranormal.

Date of experience: January 2018
4  Thank kenllown
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Went along to one of the Halloween nights here at Chillingham Castle and was not disappointed. As someone that is open minded about this type of thing I didn't want to expect too much but also didn't want to believe every little thing about the stories also. The staff were excellent at giving info on the grizzly history of the place and the overall feel of the castle was one of dread and fear. Just walking around the castle I felt uneasy and 'unwelcome' on more than one occasion during the evening. If you're interested in the haunted scene and in the North East of Eng. then this is something you should tick of the 'to do' list. Great fun, even if I was a bit scared on the drive home afterwards...be warned!

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank deepfreezevegan17
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Had a fantastic Ghost Tour last wednesday night with Mark Trotter as our Guide . I'm a Professional Tour Guide myself and have got to say Mark was excellent , his Knowledge , manner and delivery were superb , overall it was a great experience in one of the UK's spookiest locations !

Date of experience: December 2017
3  Thank Pikey4
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

The visit was a most unexpected find; the restoration works area great testament to the current owner, who has also had the great delight to fill the various rooms with all types of memorabilia! Among the historical artifacts, there are random collections of items from all over the world, all interspersed with some amusing, incisive anecdotes and commentary :) . The guides were also very informative and contributed to a very enjoyable afternoon.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank MikenMissy
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