Castle Stay in Uk

Feb 19th, 2011, 05:18 AM
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Castle Stay in Uk

I am looking for a castle stay either in England or Scotland. I would like it to accessible by public transportation and have some touring options from there. Has anyone stayed in a castle and what were their experieces there? I have looked into Lumley Castle in the north - it is not far from Durham - which may be an option.

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Feb 19th, 2011, 07:34 AM
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The main problem with Lumley is that the castle is about a 20 minute walk from the bus station - and 25 from the train station which is 100ft ABOVE the marketplace in Chester-le-Street. However it gives you access to Durham, York, Newcastle.

HOWEVER Durham University does let rooms in Durham Castle during the university holidays and it's in the centre of Durham, has a lot more trains and buses serving it making it a lot easier to get about than Lumley.
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Feb 19th, 2011, 08:31 AM
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One problem is few castles are in towns, or all that convenient to public transport. And since most are in the countryside and away from population centers -- there wouldn't be access to touring.

There probably are some that would fit your needs. Though right off hand I can't think of any better options than Lumley --but it would be a slog.

Can you not rent a car/drive? That would give you MANY options. Or perhaps book a tour that included a castle stay and sightseeing (I can't believe I actually suggested a tour )
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Feb 19th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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Very few castle hotels are in the center of town. And many aren;t really "castles" in the true sense of the word - but manor houses or palaces or hunting lodges.

We have done this in France and Belgium - and loved it - but you definitely had to have a car to do it. The places we stayed were 1 to 2 miles from public transit - and then it was a bus that ran only a couple of times a day.
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Feb 19th, 2011, 10:40 AM
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I stayed at Langley Castle near Newcastle many years ago, it is accessible by public transport but a taxi will be required from the station.
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Feb 19th, 2011, 03:14 PM
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Great suggestions! I checked Durham - sold out - Anyhow, still searching - sounds like great fun!
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Feb 21st, 2011, 10:45 PM
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You could try Tulloch Castle at Dingwall. Public Transport- train- to Dingwall, although it's a decent walk up the hill to the castle. Train back to Inverness- 20 minutes?- tours from there.
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