£79 – County Durham: 14th-century castle stay, 54% off

Lumley Castle
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Step back in time with a stay at the 600-year-old Lumley Castle -- a "picture-book castle" with "fairy-tale looks and baronial rooms" (The Daily Telegraph). Overnight stays are now £79, saving up to 54% on the usual price.

What's Included

  • Overnight accommodation in a Courtyard Classic or Castle Classic room (subject to availability on booking), with full English breakfast, for two
  • Late checkout until 12pm (worth £25)
  • It's £79 to stay Sunday-Thursday, £99 to stay Friday-Saturday in January and February, and £109 to stay Friday-Saturday in March
  • Two-night stays are an extra £70 Sunday-Thursday and £90 Friday-Saturday
  • Stay in a Superior Courtyard or Superior Castle room for an extra £20 per stay
  • Travelzoo members get 15% off dinner when booked in advance, and 20% off direct bookings for the onsite escape room

Enjoyed This
"We stayed in the courtyard building. The room was small and awkward and the bathroom shower was only suitable for a midget. Lovely ambience though."
21 Jan, 2020 - Yarm, UK
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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


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 and The Barons Hall, which hosts Elizabethan-style banquets followed by a disco in the castle dungeons. The Knight's Restaurant (for à la carte lunches and dinners) is currently undergoing refurbishment which is due to be completed in February, 2020, Guests wishing to dine at the Knight's Restaurant are currently being relocated to the Garter Suite.

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


  • 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.

up to 54% off

£79 / night


When You Can Go

Sun-Thu until 31 Mar, 2020; +£20-£30 Fri-Sat

Getting There

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

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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
(19 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Lumley Castle Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.9 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
3.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Loved the character and on another occasion after the renovations and with more people using the facilities can imagine to be great. staff and service was mainly good apart from a long wait for our breakfast after placing our order
Other Comments
went on a recommendation for my birthday celebration but found extensive renovations going on which was not made clear when booking. the bar, restaurant and lounge area was closed. the makeshift bar was extremely cold in the dungeon area and because of this we found this area to be completely empty at 9:20 when we came out of the restaurant. no barman, no people and had to go back to the room to watch TV - not much of a celebration and not to our usual standard
Alan 21 Jan, 2020 Barton-upon-Humber, UK
Enjoyed Most
We stayed in the courtyard building. The room was small and awkward and the bathroom shower was only suitable for a midget. Lovely ambience though.
ian 21 Jan, 2020 Yarm, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lumley Castle promotes itself as a unique experience, and largely lives up to that claim. We enjoyed a pleasant weekend there, and would return.
Other Comments
The only downfall was the bathroom in our room. It is appreciated that as a centuries-old listed building, the options are very limited for what can be done to modernise room facilities. However, what the hotel staff describe as "quirky" is actually an obstacle course of an uneven floor and a walk quite literally through the shower to reach the toilet. Far from ideal - especially once the shower has been used and the floor is wet! As one of the named and featured rooms of the castle, "The Keep" (Room 57) is aptly named - we suggest you keep away from it, and move to another room with a proper bathroom instead!
Chris 21 Jan, 2020 Thirsk, UK
Enjoyed Most
We had a great night at only fools and three courses but service in between courses was too slow Breakfast in the morning was fab plenty of choice
Other Comments
Room was lovely Tea and coffee making facilities but should have included bottled water as room was quite warm
Julie 19 Jan, 2020 Boldon Colliery, UK
Enjoyed Most
Nice last minute getaway with friendly staff and reasonable price paid.
Gill 14 Jan, 2020 Hartlepool, UK
Enjoyed Most
The staff went the extra miles to ensure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable.
Other Comments
Room was a little to warm had to open the windows
Sharon 13 Jan, 2020 Altrincham, UK
Enjoyed Most
The restaurant staff did their best under difficult circumstances. We upgraded the room we had originally booked and it was quite unique.
Other Comments
I was not advised at the time of booking that the Black Knight restaurant was closed for refurbishment, which was a big disappointment as this was part of the reason for the booking for a 70th birthday. The alternative restaurant was in a nice room but was quite cold, although the food was to the usual good standard. At breakfast the next day we had to wait quite over 3/4 of a hour for our cooked food and a number of people left before their cooked food was ready due to the amount of time they had waited. The hotel did refund the cost of the breakfast due to the number of complaints, which was appreciated.
Lynette 13 Jan, 2020 Houghton le Spring, UK
Other Comments
Lovely place to stay, unfortunately stayed when restaurant was being refurbished so had to eat in the banqueting hall which was quite cool. On morning we left breakfast and dining was moved to a smaller dining room which was far better, but overall lovely place to stay.
Paul 11 Jan, 2020 Halifax, UK
Other Comments
Lovely staff
Sheila 09 Jan, 2020 South Shields, UK
Enjoyed Most
The bed was wonderfully comfortable, the courtyard was pretty, my room was quiet.
Other Comments
This was supposed to be 4 star but it would struggle to be 3 star. Locks on doors were problems, the plumbing in the bath was blocked, the room was stifling but the bathroom icy, food not good enough for the high prices. It was a very disappointing experience, especially as I was looking forward to staying in an atmospheric 14th C castle.
Nhys 04 Jan, 2020 Stanley, UK

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