Standing on a remote headland in Northumberland, Dunstanburgh Castle was built by Earl Thomas of Lancaster in the 14th century during a time when the Earl's relationship with King Edward II had soured.
The castle passed hands and eventually fell into decay following the War of Roses when it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces. Today, the castle is popular for its twin-towered keep, dramatic ruins and the coastal walk required to reach the site.
Dunstanburgh Castle can be found eight miles north-east of Alnwick, with a council car park in Craster and limited car parking at Embleton Golf Club. The castle's shop sells a range of refreshments and confectionery as well as medieval toys, gifts and books. There are also many picnicking opportunities within the castle and near the seashore. The nearest public toilets are in Craster (1.3 miles) and Embleton (1.5 miles) away.
Members can visit the castle for free, adults for £4.70 and children for £2.80. A family pass (two adults, three children) will cost £12.20.