Norham Castle

The Norham Castle outer ward has now reopened to the public, however access to some parts of the site and the inner ward are currently closed for health & safety reasons. The site entrance via the Marmion Gate bridge is currently closed, however alternative access is available from the car park area to the newly made entrance point past the old ticket office. Please follow the directional signs from the car park.

Free Entry

Open daily from end of March to end of September and weekends over the winter.

Address:

Castle Street, Norham, Northumberland, TD15 2JY

Before You Go

Norham ranks among the finest sights in the border country. Set high on a grassy mound, commanding a vital ford over the River Tweed, it was one of the most important strongholds in this once turbulent region. It was also the one most frequently attacked by the Scots - it was besieged at least 13 times, once for nearly a year by Robert Bruce. But even its powerful 12th century keep and massive towered bailey walls could not resist James IV's heavy cannon, and it fell to him in 1513, shortly before his defeat at Flodden Field.

The extensive 16th century rebuilding that followed, adapting the fortress for artillery, is still clearly traceable.

Read more about Norham Castle's history.

Before You Go

Opening: Norham Castle has now reopened for the summer season and is open 10am - 6pm until October.

Access: Parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy. Unfortunately, this means that the site is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Parking: There is a car park onsite. Please be aware that the entrance gate closest to the car park is currently closed for health & safety concerns, therefore visitors parking in the car park will need to walk along to the Marmion Gate to access the site. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Guidebooks: There are guidebooks available in the village at the Mason's Arms.

Plan a Great Day Out

Find out more about the history of Norham by visiting St Cuthbert's Church (free admission, open daily). St Cuthbert's is an impressive 12th-century Norman church with original Romanesque windows and a superbly carved 17th-century pulpit. The church played a prominent part in the history of English-Scottish conflict, and was fortified by Robert the Bruce during his siege of the castle. 

Norham Castle is just five miles from Etal Castle, where there is an award winning exhibition on the Battle of Flodden, of which Norham is closely connected to. Light snacks and refreshments are available in the shop and the picturesque village of Etal is nearby.

Also, don't miss Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island. The priory was built by ancient monks nearly 1,400 years ago and is surrounded by a wildly beautiful coastline. Please note, Holy Island can only be reached at low tide so check the tide tables before you visit.

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