Harbottle Castle
Castle Harbottle Northumberland

Harbottle Castle

Castle In Harbottle, Northumberland

A ruined medieval castle situated at the west end of the village of Harbottle.

Perched on a hill just off the main road sits the ruins of Harbottle Castle. I spied this from the top of the hill when visiting the Drake Stone, so had to go and investigate!

There is a dedicated car park right next to it and it's a short walk up the slope. Take notice of the signs which tell you where you can and can't go. We sent in the Red5 Drone to take pictures where it said we should avoid.

This would have been a magnificent castle back in the day. but not much of it remains now, and what does remain is carefully watched over by the sheep!

Harbottle Castle is a ruined medieval castle in Harbottle (obviously!), 14km away from Rothbury, overlooking the River Coquet. The castle was built around 1160 by the Umfraville family at the request of Henry II, as a defence against the Scots.

It had a long and colourful history and was used as a prison between 1377 and 1603, which was monitored by the 'Lord Warden of the Marches' who were responsible for the security of the borders at this time.

It was also the home of Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII between 1515 and 1524, and the home of the Lord Treasurer of Scotland George Home in 1605. However, by 1715 the castle was in ruins and continued to fall into decay.

Just next to the car park is a little standing stone with a poem written by a local school.

  Add To Bucket List   I Have Visited This Place

Get 3 points if you have visited this place. Already visited by 35 VIPs.

Login to the VIP area to add places to your bucket list, mark them as visited and more importantly see where you rank on the league table.

How To Find Harbottle Castle

Where Is Harbottle Castle?

Show Place On Google Maps

Lat / Long

55.337174, -2.108272

What three words

hedge.trespass.excuse

Where To Park For Harbottle Castle?

Show Parking On Google Maps

Lat / Long

55.337039, 55.337039

What three words

bloodshot.approach.altitude

There is a dedicated car park for the castle.

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

More Places from Simon
Simon Hawkins

More Places In Harbottle

Find more fabulous places in Harbottle, Northumberland and if you know of a place we haven't listed, then let us know.

Lady's Well
Lady's Well
Religious Place Harbottle Northumberland

An atmospheric little pool surrounded by a grove of trees.

St Mungo's Well
St Mungo's Well
Fountain Harbottle Northumberland

A stone pant in Holystone Village named after St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow.

Drake Stone
Drake Stone
Standing Stone Harbottle Northumberland

Quite simply the biggest free standing boulder in Northumberland!

More Castles

So this castle wasn't enough and you want more? Don't worry we have you covered.

Lowther Castle
Lowther Castle
Castle Penrith Cumbria

A skeleton of a castle built by the Lowther family who have owned this estate since before the 11th century.

Twizel Castle
Twizel Castle
Castle Duddo Northumberland

A ruined medieval castle standing on the bend of the River Till.

Fast Castle
Fast Castle
Castle Eyemouth Borders

The ruins of a castle fought over by the Scots and English on a small outcrop near St Abbs.

Never Miss A Fabulous Place

If you are afraid of missing out on all the fabulous places we post, or just want to be the first to know, then sign up to the Fabulous North.

Each week we will email you all the brand new places that we visit.

Sign Up To Alerts
Sign up to newsletter
Fabulous North On Facebook

Find Us On Facebook

We post all our new places daily on our Facebook Groups page, so join the group today and be notified when we add a new place.

Join Our Facebook Group