A thatched cottage and the Black Bull pub, in Etal, Northumberland

Photos: © Barbara Carr (left). © Richard Slessor (right) / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Etal is a hamlet of picturesque cottages that lead down to a castle and the River Till.

The 14th century castle was ruined by James IV and his army on their way to Flodden Field in 1513 (and the site of the battle can be visited at Branxton). Visitors can tour the castle and see an award-winning exhibition which details the history of border warfare down the centuries.

Etal castle

Primroses at Etal

Primroses on the road down to the River Till.
© Barbara Carr / BY-SA 2.0.

Other attractions in the area include walking, horse-riding, carriage driving and fishing on the river.

On the banks of the Till, at Heatherslaw, there is the only working water-driven cornmill in Northumberland. The fully restored mill machinery makes high quality flour from wheat grown in the surrounding fields. This continues a tradition on the site stretching back over 700 years.

The Heatherslaw Light Railway is a 15" gauge steam railway that runs to Etal village — a distance of 6.4km. The journey takes about 25 minutes.

The gardens of Etal Manor are open on certain days of the year.

Etal has thatched cottages, which are rare in Northumberland, and the county's only thatched pub: The Black Bull.

The Heatherslaw Light Railway

Photo: © Ken Crosby / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Historic Etal

A page from the catalogue for the sale of Etal Manor and surroundings in 1887

See this and more old Etal documents (including photos, maps, manuscripts and printed material) at Northumberland Communities (external site)

Standing stones

Standing Stones at Duddo

Two miles north of Etal are the Standing Stones near Duddo. These are around 4,000 years old and the Northumbrian equivalent of Stonehenge.


Streetview sightseeing tour of Etal

Google Streetview sightseeing tour of Etal

Our tour of Etal opens various pages in Google StreetView.

Including the main street, castle, pub and post office.



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