Lumley Castle Hotel


Chester le Street, Durham, Co. Durham, DH3 4NX (view map)


Lumley Castle Hotel, a four star unique and inspirational venue; perfect for weddings, conferences, celebrations, luxury dining and leisure breaks.
Located between the historic city of Durham and vibrant Newcastle, it is undoubtedly one of the finest North East hotels and UK business and leisure destinations, effortlessly combining old and new to create a truly unique and memorable travel experience.

Lumley Castle


Surrounded by beautiful parklands overlooking the River Wear, Durham County Cricket Ground and Chester Le Street Golf Club, Lumley Castle is a magnificent monument to a bygone age of chivalry and honour. The 14th century hotel boasts 73 uniquely designed bedrooms – elegant drapes, four poster beds, feature baths and complimentary Wi-Fi internet. We are the first and only historical building to have its own Escape Room – Lily of Lumley – a truly thrilling and immersive Escape experience. We also have a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and are in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame recognising six years of consistently high ratings from visitors.

Lumley Castle takes its name from Sir Ralph Lumley, an accomplished soldier who fought at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388. Imprisoned by the Scots after the battle, on his return home he used his connections with King Richard II to gain permission to turn the manor house into a fortified castle.

Sir Ralph and his son became involved in a plot to overthrow Henry IV and both were executed in 1400. The Castle then passed briefly to the Earl of Somerset but was returned to Ralph’s grandson Thomas Lumley in 1421. Another soldier, he played an important part in the Wars of the Roses on the side of Edward IV who restored the family peerage.

In 1728 the renowned architect Sir John Vanbrugh assisted with the alterations of the castle including redesigning the south west tower, the main staircase, dining parlour and the buildings on the south side. The castle remained in the care of the Lumley family until 1976 when it was converted into a prestigious hotel which has fast developed a reputation of international renown.

Within our Grade I listed castle you’ll discover extraordinary décor and original features – from our 16th century stuccoed ceiling in The Garter Suite to the ornate fireplace in The Barons Hall. Our King James suite, formerly the chapel, has been transformed into a luxurious chamber – exclusively offering a 20ft four poster, reception room, jacuzzi bath and breath-taking views.

We invite you to dine in the splendour of our award winning a la carte Black Knight restaurant, offering classical dishes with an original twist and a focus on high quality good food – table reservations are highly recommended. Indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea, relax and unwind in the library bar, or choose a luxurious private dining experience. Whatever your particular taste may be, Lumley Castle is a feast for all the senses!



A1(M) Junction 63 follow signs for A167 Chester-le-Street and Stanley. Pick up signs for Riverside & Lumley Castle Hotel. Hotel is situated just of the B1284 sign posted for Houghton-Le-Spring

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Lumley Castle