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Kick Off 2022 With Northern Lights Star-gazing Extravaganza

Get your 2022 travel experience off to a stellar start, with a Starry Knight ‘Aurora’ experience at Langley Castle Hotel in idyllic, rural Northumberland – something promising to to be one of the ‘crater escapes’ of the year ahead.
The 671-year-old castle has teamed up with the world-famous Kielder Observatory, to create a twinkling one-night overnight stay that will leave you spellbound and mesmerised by both your accommodation and the galaxy above, in a world-renowned dark sky location, which brings stars out of their hiding places.  
The experience combines a luxury stay at 4-star Langley Castle and a sumptuous three-course meal in the 2AA-Rosette ‘Josephine Restaurant’, followed by a trip, by dead of night and by luxury coach, to the Kielder Observatory, where some of the most knowledgeable astronomers in the country will guide your journey from constellation to constellation.
There is also the chance of seeing the dancing and breathtaking phenomenon - the Aurora Borealis or ‘Northern Lights’ -  sometimes known as ‘Lord Derwentwater’s Lights’ in tribute to a former Langley Castle owner.  Fairy-tales, myths and legends abound when it comes to the Northern Lights and this is your opportunity to learn everything about them and find out how and when to spot them for yourself.
The trip will also allow you to use powerful telescopes, to view the moon’s craters, distant galaxies, nebulae and star clusters, and maybe even the magnificent Milky Way. Your sense of your own place in time and space will never have been as moving.
On return to Langley Castle, you will return to the magnificent drawing room and enjoy a cheeseboard and warming snifter, to round off an experience of a lifetime.  
The luxury stay and star-gazing experience is not astronomically priced, costing £325 for two people, staying in a Castle View Room in the grounds.  Deluxe Castle rooms for two, within Langley’s seven-feet-thick walls, are priced at £375 and, if you want the ultimate in-castle experience in a Feature Castle Room, it will cost £400 for the night, for two people sharing.  Prices include the accommodation, three-course meal, Kielder Observatory experience and transport and the return midnight-feast-style treat, plus a full Northumbrian breakfast the following morning.
Find out more at or call 01434 688888 to book.        ENDS
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Enjoy an English Castle ‘Lord and Lady’ Christmas Experience

An Englishman’s home is his castle but why not swap your domestic abode for a real castle this Christmas and enjoy the festive season in true lord or lady style and a manner to which you could become accustomed?
A festive luxury break in a truly authentic castle – with real fortification features dating from centuries ago – will add a spine-tingling backdrop to the turkey and trimmings treat and few castles can deliver on authenticity like Langley Castle in Northumberland.
The 671-year-old castle has everything you could desire to make Christmas a spellbinding experience and will be going all out to help guests end their year with joy and cheer.
Just decide where you would like to be holed-up in this incredible bolthole – inside the incredible 14th century castle walls, in a four-poster or period bed and enjoying unique features such as the castle’s romantic window seats, or in more contemporary, luxury Castle View accommodation in the renovated former stable block in the grounds.
You can then leave the rest to the hugely experienced Langley team, who will greet you with divine cocktails on December 24, guide you to the romantic, candlelit ‘Josephine’ dining room for dinner that evening, present a sumptuous Christmas lunch (and hot and cold buffet on Christmas Day too, if you have room) and rustle up hearty Northumbrian breakfasts on each morning of your stay.
If you linger for two nights (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), that’s the wonderful package you can enjoy, but stay an extra night on Boxing Day and there will be another chance to revel in dinner in the 2AA Rosette restaurant and also enjoy a full Northumbrian breakfast before departure on December 27.   After all, Christmas calories don’t count!
The two-night festive package at Langley Castle costs between £424 and £499 per person, if staying in one of the various graded choices of Castle View accommodation, ranging from lodge to suite.  Stay in a Deluxe room inside the castle and this package costs £549pp, whilst the festive stay spent curled up each night in the most luxurious rooms (Feature Rooms) costs £625pp.
If you stay for three nights, the pricing is: between £532 and £674; £774 and £824 per person, respectively.
Exploring Langley’s amazing interior, whilst strolling its 10-acre grounds and woodland areas, is a great way to find out more about its incredible history, or walk off the pud.  A range of other local walks are available and those with a car can explore nearby treasures such as Hadrian’s Wall and medieval Hexham, or enjoy one of Britain’s most acclaimed drives, down the A686 to Alston direct from Langley’s door.  If ‘Top Gear’ votes it the best, it must be good!
Otherwise, just chill out and spot squirrels in the grounds, say ‘hello’ to the resident peacocks and curl up in front of Langley’s roaring Drawing Room log fire with a book, hot chocolate or little tipple.  Whatever you do,  you will have a Christmas in Northumberland that will provide memories for a lifetime.  Lord and lady-style grandeur awaits this Christmas.
Head to to see more or book by calling 01434 688888.       ENDS
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See in 2022 With an Exclusive-Use Fairy-tale Castle New Year Wedding

Nothing is more romantic than a New Year’s Eve wedding in a fairy-tale castle, at which you and 50 guests have ‘pulled up the drawbridge’ to enjoy your very own, intimate and private venue, both for the day and the seeing in of a brand new year.  This is the experience to be enjoyed on December 31, 2021, if you head to Langley Castle, in rural Northumberland.
The 671-year-old, truly authentic castle offers wedding photo backdrops to take the breath away.  Luckily, its pricing for this New Year’s Eve dream only makes you gasp in a good way, being priced at just £12,000.  For that, 50 guests and the happy couple have exclusive use of the castle, accommodation for all guests for a night, the wedding breakfast plus other food and refreshments and the luxury vibe that comes with complete castle exclusivity.
Take photos on the battlements, with the castle as your canvas or, if weather permits, in the stunning grounds, where a touch of frost or a dusting or snow could provide even more spectacular shots, whether that’s on the manicured lawns or in a secluded woodland glade.
This really is a fairytale-come-true experience, at a venue renowned for its prowess in staging spectacular weddings and truly awesome occasions.  Should you wish to top up the package, perhaps with New Year fireworks lighting up the incredible dark skies of Northumberland – the third largest protected dark sky resort in the world – that is entirely up to you.   The same is true if you wish to ask your guests to pay for their accommodation, to bring the wedding cost further within your budget.
When this amazing offer and date is gone, they’re gone, so seize the day and become a fairy-tale princess or prince for the most memorable event of your life.  Find out more at or call 01434 688888.
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Langley Castle’s Guide to Elopement Weddings

What could be more perfect than eloping to Langley Castle and enjoying an exquisite, intimate  wedding for two, full of mindfulness and a true expression of love for each other, forsaking all others?

We think the answer is ‘nothing’, which is why we’re making our move to be the number one wedding venue for eloping couples in the UK, whether they are a bride and groom or a same-sex couple. 

Langley is such a fairy-tale castle and profoundly romantic place that couples have already recognised there is nowhere more idyllic for an elopement wedding.  We’ve built up some true expertise in weddings for two (and shed many a tear, when acting as witnesses), so an eloping couple is in very safe hands when they choose Langley Castle for their elopement wedding.

To make this point, we have created our own guide to UK elopement weddings..  We had our very own illustration commissioned, to convey just how romantic a wedding for two is, here at Langley Castle, but have also packed the guide full of useful information about elopement weddings, guiding you through the process, step by step.

We’ve even gone further than that, highlighting the most romantic things to do, here at the castle, as well as in wider Northumberland, once you’ve tied the knot!

Elopement weddings (weddings for two) and smaller weddings were hugely popular here during the height of the pandemic and we also created the UK’s first ‘Bubble Wedding’.  Read our guide and you will soon see that we deeply care about creating the extraordinary and truly memorable smaller wedding for you (or a much larger  exclusive-use wedding, if you prefer).  Call us on01434 688888, to arrange yours.

Langley Castle Gives Kids ‘Hairy History’ Fun

Langley Castle has set the bar for the UK ‘edu-staycation’ -  letting kids learn, whilst on holiday, catching up on time lost in the classroom.

Located just a few miles from both  Hadrian’s Wall and medieval Hexham, Langley can not only give children an amazing stay within walls that have seen 7 centuries of history but also serve up some engrossing (and gross!) history, in fun fashion. 

We’ve interpreted our dramatic and turbulent history (and a little bit of Roman history before that), in a humorous, vibrant and edgy way, in our very own ‘Hairy History’, downloadable here

Much of it links to topics covered by the history syllabus’s various Key Stages and you can learn of local Roman History (BL (Before Langley), as we call it, before discovering much more.  ‘Think’ turbulent life on the Anglo-Scottish border in ancient times, Gunpowder Plot and Jacobite Rebellions, not to mention Henry IV, Henry VIII, the Black Death, crime and punishment and the fearsome Border Reivers!

There are some jokes and challenges along the way and any kid can make use of this guide, whether they stay here or not.  If they do stay, however, the buildings and landscape will come to life in a super-cool way.

They can also build on this knowledge through our daily  Battlement Tours, learning more about the architecture and history of the castle as they tour from top to bottom.

Fantastic local tour guides – Ancient Britain– can provide guests with optional tours, proving what walking encyclopaedias of historical knowledge they are, whether you ask them to focus on Roman, Iron, Stone Age or Jacobite (Stuart) history. They can pick you up and take you to key historic sites, to do everything from tasting Roman-style food, to handling weaponry.

Where else can your kids study like this, without even realising that what they are learning about is all great historical stuff that will help them back at school?  Grab  Hairy History now, get their little grey cells working and then  book a room and make it all come to life!

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