Dunstanburgh #Castle #Ruin 14th Century #Photography @EnglishHeritage

Built in the 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a headland which, according to records, could have been occupied in the prehistoric age. It’s seen lots of fighting, between the English and Scots and during the Wars of the Roses. It’s interesting to note where the name comes from – burgh translates to ‘the fort’, dun to ‘of the town’ and stan is ‘by the rock’.

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The ruins don’t show their best side from the beach or the golf course, so we went round to Craster, a lovely, picturesque little seaside town, and walked along the coast in the opposite direction. The view from here is quite breathtaking. Unfortunately for us, from 1st November the castles are either closed for the winter or only open weekends – we went from Monday to Friday! So we didn’t get to go inside any of the castles we visited.

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20 thoughts on “Dunstanburgh #Castle #Ruin 14th Century #Photography @EnglishHeritage

  1. Wonderful, Cathy. They remind me of the castles I saw in Ireland. I’ve always thought there is something so sobering about seeing the ruins of a castle. It brings to mind the people who once lived within as well as how they must have lived, what was important to them, the social mores of the times and all the rest. The word haunting comes to mind for many reasons. Thank you for sharing these photographs.

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