Etal Castle

Free Entry

1st April – 31st October: 10am – 5pm


Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TN

Before You Go

Set in the charming village of Etal by a ford over the river Till, this Northumberland castle is the ideal location for a family day out.

Built by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders in the mid 14th century, it fell to James IV’s invading Scots army in 1513, immediately before their catastrophic defeat at nearby Flodden. The Flodden Battlefields are just a stones throw away from the castle so make sure to include it in your visit.

To complete your day out, bring along a picnic to enjoy in the surroundings of the Ford and Etal Estates.

Before You Go

Access: Entry to the site can be made from the village through the portcullis or from the car park behind the buildings to the rear of the site. The ground at the site is grassed and uneven, and the grass can be slippery when wet. Unfortunately, this means that it may be difficult to access using a wheelchair.

Parking: Car parking is available on site.

Toilets: Seasonal facilities can be found in the car park.  These are managed by the Ford & Etal Estate.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.

Please note that the shop and museum at Etal Castle have now been closed.

Plan a Great Day Out

Norham Castle is just a short drive away, and is among the finest sights in the border country. Or head to Holy Island and enjoy a visit to the spectacular Lindisfarne Priory, just 30 minutes away.

Guidebook: Etal Castle

Price: £3.50