Christmas castles

Our Christmas visit to England took us up to Northumberland for a few days, a part of the country which I’ve previously only passed through on the train. It was bright and cold, and we saw a lot of castles in a short amount of time!

This view of Alnwick castle was especially striking, and the countryside below it was beautiful too.

Other stops on the itinerary included Bamburgh

which we saw from up close as well as at a dramatic distance,

the charming little harbour at Craster,

and the atmospheric ruin of Dunstanburgh castle.

In addition to open air exploring, we particularly also enjoyed the wonderful Barter Books. Housed in Alnwick’s disused railway station, this was an absolute treasure trove, and we could have spent a lot of time (not to mention money!) here.

It’s taken me an age to get this online, and I’m sure there’s a lot more I could write about all of this, but time is short. Suffice it to say that Northumberland is quite spectacular, and I’m looking forward to spending more time there on a future trip!

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