In my last blog post I shared our boat trip around the Farne Islands in Northumberland. We managed to fit a lot of adventures into our week away, and one of those was a visit to the Holy Island, Lindisfarne. Using our English Heritage membership, we visited Lindisfarne Priory and learned about the lives of monks that lived on this isolated island all those centuries ago. Later it became a hub of activity during the industrial era, and I was awed by the abandoned lime kilns that we found just behind the old castle. Our daughters loved their visit to Lindisfarne, stepping through the ruins of the old priory and discovering how people lived in the old days.
Later in the holiday, we visited Warkworth Castle, another English Heritage site that I hadn’t previously heard about. We discovered it by chance as we drove through the town on our way to Alnwick. Warkworth Castle has an impressive history as a defensive castle and then a grand family home, owned by the Percy family for most of the time it existed. It has been neglected, fallen apart, and partially rebuilt, so we took great delight in wandering through the labyrinth of rooms inside the old castle keep, and learning about the history of this great residence. We love castles!
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