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Embark on a journey through time and history as you discover captivating castles and ruins around the North of England. From medieval fortresses to ancient abbeys, these iconic landmarks offer a glimpse into England's rich past. Conveniently located just a stone's throw away from Northern train stations, these destinations are perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway. Let's delve into the enchanting tales of some of the North's castles & ruins and uncover the hidden gems awaiting you in these historic towns.

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Walking path sigh with Appleby on itAppleby Castle

Nearest Station: Appleby

In Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, lies the majestic Appleby Castle, a medieval fortress dating back to the 12th century. Located just a short walk from Appleby train station, this castle welcomes visitors to explore its medieval splendour and rich history. After immersing yourself in the castle's fascinating past, why not take a stroll through the charming streets of Appleby-in-Westmorland, where quaint shops, riverside walks, and traditional pubs await.

Distance from train station: 16-minute walk (or a 5-minute taxi ride)

Appleby Castle

Knaresborough Castle and MuseumKnaresborough Castle and Museum

Nearest station: Knaresborough

Nestled in the heart of North Yorkshire, Knaresborough boasts the impressive Knaresborough Castle and Museum. The castle is perched atop a cliff overlooking the River Nidd and this Norman fortress is within walking distance of Knaresborough train station. Explore the castle's intriguing history at the museum before venturing out to discover the town's historic market, riverside promenade, and breathtaking views from Knaresborough Viaduct.

Distance from train station: 10-minute walk (up a steep but picturesque hill)

Knaresborough Castle & Museum

Lancaster CastleLancaster Castle

Nearest Station: Lancaster

Lancaster Castle stands as a testament to medieval grandeur and again, is just a short distance from Lancaster train station, this imposing fortress invites visitors to step back in time and uncover its fascinating past. Delve into the castle's history with a guided tour before exploring Lancaster's vibrant cultural scene and culinary delights. A walk around Williamson Park is a must for your visit to Lancaster and why not finish your visit with a pint at Lancaster Brewery?

Distance from train station: 5-minute walk (300 metres from station)

Lancaster Castle

Hexham AbbeyHexham Abbey

Nearest station: Hexham

In Hexham, Northumberland, lies the serene Hexham Abbey, a historic church dating back to the 7th century. This Abbey is close to Hexham train station and offers a tranquil escape from the bustle of modern life. Attend a service or simply admire the abbey's majestic architecture before exploring Hexham's charming town centre and nearby attractions. Visiting Sele Park is a must whilst you're in Hexham, home to beautiful floral gardens and the stunning grounds of Hexham House. Hexham is also home to England's first purpose-built prison, Hexham Old Gaol if you want to continue your historical exploration of the town. 

Distance from train station: 10-minute walk

Hexham Abbey

Scarborough CastleScarborough Castle

Nearest Station: Scarborough 

Perched on top of a cliff overlooking the North Sea, Scarborough Castle in North Yorkshire offers breathtaking views and a glimpse into England's maritime history. With Scarborough train station nearby, visitors can easily access this iconic landmark. Explore the castle's dramatic ruins before venturing out to enjoy Scarborough's sandy beaches, seaside promenade, and traditional fish and chips - an iconic England seaside town!

Distance from train station: 22-minute walk 

Scarborough Castle

Pontefract CastlePontefract Castle

Nearest station: Pontefract Monkhill

In Pontefract, West Yorkshire, the ruins of Pontefract Castle stand as a reminder of the town's medieval past. This historic site invites visitors to explore its turbulent history, a Dungeon Tour is a must! After discovering the castle's secrets, visit the Pontefract Museum, and indulge in liquorice treats. For ghost seekers, Pontefract is allegedly home to one of Britain's most haunted houses, visit if you dare. 

Distance from train station: 7-minute walk

Pontefract Castle

Embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery as you explore these historic castles and ruins in the North of England. Each destination offers a unique glimpse into England's heritage, with convenient access from closeby train stations, these sites are perfect for a day out or weekend adventure. 

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