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Lumley Castle

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • It's a 14th-century 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

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"A very pleasant short break, the staff were all pleasant and helpful, breakfasts were excellent."
12. Mar 2020 - York, United Kingdom
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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 -- "you are left in no doubt that you are in a genuine 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 around 15 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 from the hotel.

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

Dining options at the hotel include the Library Bar, the Knight's 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 a converted stable block adjacent to the Castle. Castle Double rooms are in the Castle building and are accessed via a stone spiral staircase. All rooms are individually designed and have décor in keeping with the property's medieval feel. Wi-Fi is free.



  • 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 the hotel


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.
Cot not 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 Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AET

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(59 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Lumley Castle Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.1 Value for the Money
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Cancelled owing to Corona Virus with no refund.
ALAN 17. Mar 2020 Leeds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A very pleasant short break, the staff were all pleasant and helpful, breakfasts were excellent.
Eileen 12. Mar 2020 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Love this castle hotel like going back in time and the rooms are so quirky hidden toilets behind book cases brill
Wendy 11. Mar 2020 Frizington, United Kingdom
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2 day visit we both enjoyed our stay be back . thanks to all.
richard 08. Mar 2020 Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We had a very enjoyable stay
Charles 07. Mar 2020 Keighley, United Kingdom
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Stayed before lovely castle with lots of history..eve meal was a let down as we asked could we have a table in a corner but didn't get it and no one appeared at that table all night..it was draughty where we were sat..food very expensive for the tiny tiny portions and had to pay for extra veg and side dishes..gone quite contemporary and not as cosy as we remember it on previous visits..
Other Comments
Good location for Durham and Newcastle.. no bottles of water in room..all in all lovely place..a cheap deal but very expensive food
Gail 07. Mar 2020 St. Helens, United Kingdom
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Other Comments
Certainly an experience,atmospheric romantic attentive staff brilliant food,The very nature of the place however poses some room difficulties especially for the disabled such as myself.so care must be taken in room choice and location,Having said that not for the world would l want to change its constructional atmosphere not even the uneven original floors,Leave it alone in its grandeur we will be back disabilities and all,one grumble the bed was two small to be called a double l have seldom had such a bad night,Wouldn’t put me off though,
Anthony 05. Mar 2020 Sheffield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely quirky place to stay. Plenty of nooks and crannies to search and discover. Pleasant 20 min walk into town. With regards meals, found same to be expensive and surprisingly limited
james 04. Mar 2020 Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Full English breakfast was quite nice apart from dry black pudding.Had to request toast,which arrived after meal was eaten
Steve 03. Mar 2020 Gateshead, United Kingdom
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We had a wonderful time there
Other Comments
They could not do enough for us. Wonderful place
Kenneth 27. Feb 2020 Rochdale, United Kingdom

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