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Lumley Castle

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Why We Love It

  • It's a 14th-century courtyard castle set in nine acres of parkland
  • The Grade I-listed property has flagstone corridors lined with busts, and a bar with gilt paintings and floor-to-ceiling bookcases
  • The cities of Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland are all within 25 minutes' drive

Enjoyed This
(155 Member Ratings)
"The beauty of the place, the ambience of the castle, the location for sightseeing."
Jul 08, 2018
Pontefract, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Chester-le-Street railway station is a 10-minute drive, and Junction 63 of the A1(M) is five minutes' drive away. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Lumley Castle sits on a hilltop above a wooded valley in County Durham. Now a 4-star hotel, the 600-year-old fortress retains "a real sense of theatre", says The AA Hotel Guide 2018 -- "you are left in no doubt that you are in a proper castle".

Chester-le-Street town centre is less than 10 minutes' drive or a 30-minute walk away. It's home to the Riverside Ground cricket venue and an 11th-century church, as well as shops and restaurants.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, is 20 minutes' drive away, as is the Penshaw Monument -- a 70-foot-high replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens -- which has panoramic views and features on Sunderland Football Club's emblem. Newcastle and Sunderland are both around 25 minutes' drive of the hotel.

Durham Castle and Cathedral -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- and the 13th-century estate of Crook Hall and Gardens, are 20 minutes' drive away. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is 30 minutes' drive.

Dining options include the Library Bar, the Black Knight Restaurant (for à la carte lunches and dinners) and The Barons Hall, which hosts Elizabethan-style banquets followed by a disco in the castle dungeons.

Courtyard Doubles are in the building adjacent to the Castle. Castle Double rooms are in the Castle building and are accessed via a spiral stone staircase. All rooms are individually designed and have décor in keeping with the property's medieval feel. Wi-Fi is free.

From the press:

  • "Dominating the Country Durham landscape for the past 600 years, Lumley Castle cannot help but impress" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2018



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(155 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Lumley Castle Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The beauty of the place, the ambience of the castle, the location for sightseeing.
Other Comments
Just a couple of minor points but worth feeding back. The lighting in the corridors of the courtyard rooms was dim and made it difficult to find keyholes !! Abottle of water in rooms would also have been nice in an hotel of this quality.
william Jul 08, 2018 Pontefract, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
friendly staff, atmosphere
David Jul 07, 2018 Bury Saint Edmunds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Enjoyed the experience of staying in a beautiful castle
Other Comments
Well worth a stay in this beautiful castle
MS Jul 06, 2018 Llandudno, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The character.....it’s a wonderful building.
Susan Jul 06, 2018 Wirral, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A clean hotel with in the main, pleasant staff.
Other Comments
Limited restaurant menu and obviously understaffed.
anne Jul 06, 2018 Brough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The breakfasts
Philip Jul 06, 2018 Near Leek, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Castle building is beautiful and garden is nice.
Other Comments
Courtyard bedrooms weren't great quality, paper thin walls, could hear people snoring around us.
Eva Jun 20, 2018 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The ambience
Marilyn Jun 20, 2018 Morecambe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic breakfast
Michael Jul 04, 2018 Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The historic building with greenery around; and the laburnum trees in flower at the end of May.
Allan Jun 10, 2018 Norwich, United Kingdom

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