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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
@philhopkinsuk
3:01 AM 2nd April 2022
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Celebrating Hadrian With A Cool Castle Overnighter!

What could be cooler than celebrating the 1900th birthday of Hadrian’s Wall with an authentic overnighter in a Northumberland Medieval castle?

That’s what’s on offer to families, couples and individuals at Langley Castle in Langley-on-Tyne, Northumberland where the seven-feet-thick walls are said to have been built using sections of the 73-mile-long Hadrian’s Wall!

With a raft of events centred around the historic wall in 2022, Langley Castle is the perfect base to enjoy Roman culture.

It is just a short drive from Hadrian’s Wall – a landscape feature viewable in the distance from the castle’s top during a daily Battlements Tour – and guests can hop to and from different Wall locations before returning for a fabulous dinner, luxurious night’s sleep or even a glorious afternoon tea.

Three of the main locations for 2022 events along Hadrian’s Wall – Chesters Roman Fort, Corbridge Roman Town and Vindolanda – are just a 14-17 minute drive away from Langley Castle.

Also close at hand (18 minutes) is the iconic Sycamore Gap, as pictured in Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood adventures, whilst Housesteads Fort is 15 minutes away and Cawfields quarry, from where you can gain a great view of the infamous Vallum ditch on the landscape and see the remains of a Roman milecastle, is just a 19-minute drive. Many other Roman places are just a stone’s throw away.

To bring all of this Roman history to life, you can book a ‘Roaming with the Romans’ tour from Langley Castle’s front door in the company of costumed historical interpreters from tour company, Ancient Britain.

Handling helmets and weaponry, feeling the weight of chain mail and hearing what the Romans and Celts would have for their supper will make you even hungrier to explore Roman history.

And, if your love of history then knows no bounds, you can top it up with the story of Langley Castle’s own extraordinary past, using the free download ‘Hairy History’, to be found in the History for Kids section at www.langleycastle.co.uk

Choose to stay in one of 9 rooms inside Langley Castle’s amazing walls, where you may have a four-poster bed on which to rest your head, or a contemporary feature such as a whirlpool bath or sauna, or go for more relaxed accommodation in the converted stable block, Castle View.

Either way, you can enjoy a sumptuous Northumbrian breakfast each morning and can choose to dine in either the 2AA Josephine restaurant or the drawing room, with its shining chandeliers, amazing raised window seats and roaring log fire.

Rooms inside the castle are graded as either Feature or Deluxe, whilst the Castle View accommodation ranges from ‘standard’ to ‘suites’. Castle Lodge is another option, if you fancy even more privacy and your own little haven in the grounds.

When not exploring Roman history, you can wander the 10-acre grounds at Langley, rustling through the woodlands or strolling the manicured lawns.

Stays cost from £95.00 B&B per person, per night in Castle View and from £150.00 B&B pppn in the castle, inclusive of Northumbrian breakfast. Head to www.langleycastle.co.uk to book.