In the mythology of our medieval dreams, the steely stares of knights would spear ladies of the court just as surely as lances penetrated invading barbarians. Jousting, feasting, naughty romps behind the ramparts – it’s compelling enough to warrant kitschy medieval-themed dinners around the world. Nay, forsake your cheap goblets! Our Bucket List is concerned with the authentic, the most splendid of all global events. Let us adjourn to the 14th century Langley Castle Hotel, located in the magnificent English countryside. An ideal destination for for modern knights and dazzling damsels to relish up the myth of medieval history.
Length of Trip : Weekend Getaway
Room prices range from US$150 for castle view rooms to $400 for the nine magnificent feature rooms.
Best time to go : Open year round, but delightful May thru September
Wheelchair friendly : Contact hotel to make arrangements
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
Langley Castle's kitchen team prepares outstanding breakfast, snacks, high tea, and dinner daily.
Where to Stay :
There are nine guest rooms in the Castle, and another 18 rooms in the grounds. All rooms have free wifi and the usual hotel amenities. Might I suggest the Greenwich or Derwentwater Rooms, which truly are splendid.
When staying in London, we recommend the Fairmont Savoy.
Getting There :
Trains run to Hexham or Haydon Bridge from Newcastle, which is approximately 3 hours from London by train. From Hexham and Hayden Bridge, local taxis are available from the train station. Alternatively, Langley Castle is about a 5-hour drive from London by car.
Note from Robin :
Surrounding areas of interest include Hadrian’s Wall, the 117-kilometre Roman fortification that served as a line of defence, inspiration for The Wall in Game of Thrones, and building materials for English roads in the 18th century. Perhaps not quite as grand as the Great Wall of China, but rolling English countryside is nothing to scoff at. There are more surviving castles in Northumberland than anywhere else in England, which you can explore on your own or through a local tour operator.
PRESENTED BY FORD OF CANADA