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Bamburgh & Preston Peel Tower

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Driving to Bamburgh takes a good 45 minutes and going via Preston near to Chathill (just east of the A1) to see the 14th century Peel is a good day out. Go to Alnwick to join the A1 and leave the main road using the B6347 via Falloden. Take the first turn off the B road towards Preston Tower. The tower, with 7ft thick walls and tunnel vaulted rooms was built by Robert Harbottle in 1392 is a gem. Children love to climb up to the top, from where the view is panoramic on a clear day. It was built to provide refuge for families and livestock from raiders north of the border, and although two turrets are missing, it is sufficiently complete to give a very full and informative picture of what pele-tower living would have been like. The rooms are rudimentarily furnished, and contain a fascinating collection of border ballads, maps, diagrams and stories to enlarge on the story of life in the days of the Border Reivers.

Then head over the railway at Chathill, east towards Beadnell, (popular but windy village) and up the coastal route to Bamburgh. You could call at Seahouses en route if you had time or wanted fish and chips. Bamburgh village has interesting gift shops and several good tea shops and hotels/pubs. The Victoria does fantastic food, both bar meals and in the restaurant. The Grace Darling Museum commemorates the lifeboat heroine who is buried in the village church. The beaches are some of the best in the UK and a great walk is to Seahouses for lunch and back again (about 4½ miles along the beach each way)

The impressive Bamburgh castle is home of the Armstrong Family and the present 11th century castle was a Norman stronghold which survived many sieges and welcomed many English kings as guests. During the Wars of the Roses, however, it was the first castle in England to succumb to gunfire when it fell to the artillery of Edward IV. The castle was restored in the late 19th century by Lord Armstrong and now houses an excellent collection of arms and artwork as well as a tea room and gift shop.

Open all year, 10:00am - 6:00pm. Adults: £1.50 (2005). Tel: (01665) 589227. Partially accessible for visitors in wheelchairs.

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