Lumley Castle Hotel
Chester le Street, Durham, Co. Durham, DH3 4NX (view map)
The magnificent 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 turned the manor house into a fortified castle, the remains of which can still be seen today.
Sir Ralph and his son then 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.
The castle remained in the care of the Lumley family until 1976 when it was converted into a prestigious hotel.
Enjoy a meal in the splendid Black Knight Restaurant or afternoon tea by the log fire in the Library Bar.
The hotel is ideally situated to explore the North East of England.
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