Ford and Etal

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Ford and Etal are two neighbouring villages in Northumberland. Most of its attractions are connected to the Ford and Etal estates and the towns receive thousands of visitors every year, admiring the castle ruins, riding the heritage steam train or enjoying the beautiful rural surroundings.

Etal Castle gatehouse

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When you're driving in, take the A1 and then follow the B6352 from Berwick-upon-Tweed or the B6353.

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  •    Ford Castle. Ford castle originates in the 13th century. Except for incidental special openings, it's closed for public.
  •    Etal CastleTD12 4TN. Apr - Sep daily 10:00 - 18:00, closes 16:00 in Oct, Closed Nov-Mar. Ruined castle, built in 1341. Occupied by a Scots army in 1513 before the battle of Flodden. Castle has an exhibition on Flodden. £4.10.
  •    Heatherslaw Visitor Centre (Opposite Heatherslaw Mill). Apr - Sep daily 10:00 - 17:00, Oct 11:00 - 16:00. Visitor centre with information on the Ford and Etal estate.
  •    Flodden Battlefield. The site of a battle on 9 Sept 1513, between an English army of about 26,000 and a Scottish army of about 34,000. Around 14,000 were killed, including the Scottish king.

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  •    Heatherslaw Light RailwayFord Forge, Heatherslaw, Cornhill-on-Tweed, TD12 4TJ +44 1890 820244. Daily Apr - Oct houtrly 11:00 - 15:00. Narrow gauge steam railway running from Heatherslaw, 6.4km to Etal Village - a return journey of 50 minutes. £6.50.

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