Visit us Places to stay and services Local Interest Castles and Coast There are an abundance of great castles in Northumberland, many of which you can visit such as Alnwick Castle (and don't miss Alnwick Gardens while you are there), the magnificent Bamburgh Castle or Chillingham Castle which claims to be Britain's most haunted! Many of Northumberland's finest castles are located along the East coast where you will also find spectacular beaches. It takes just under an hour to drive from Vindolanda to the East coast. Some of the regions castles are perhaps not as grand but nevertheless still very interesting. Just a stones throw away from our Roman Army Museum you will find the ruins of Thirlwall Castle. This 12th Century castle was built largely of Roman stone from the fort at Magna (Carvoran). Northumberland National Park have a suggested walking route from Walltown to the castle.