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Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Tynemouth

Categories: Ruins, Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
Tynemouth Castle is located on a rocky headland, overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. The coat of arms of the town of Tynemouth still includes three crowns commemorating the tradition that the Priory had been the burial place for three kings.Origins of the PrioryLittle is known of the early history of the site. Some Roman stones have been found there, but there is no definite evidence that it was occupied by the Romans. The Priory was founded early in the 7th century, perhaps by Edwin of Northumbria. In 651 Oswin, king of Deira was murdered by the soldiers of King Oswiu of Bernicia, and subsequently his body was brought to Tynemouth for burial. He became St Oswin and his burial place became a shrine visited by pilgrims. He was the first of the three kings buried at Tynemouth.In 792 Osred II, who had been king of Northumbria from 789 to 790 and then deposed, was murdered. He also was buried at Tynemouth Priory. Osred was the second of the three kings buried at Tynemouth. The third king to be buried at Tynemouth was Malcolm III, king of Scotland, who was killed at the Battle of Alnwick in 1093. (This is the same Malcolm who appears in Shakespeare's Macbeth.) The king's body was sent north for reburial, in the reign of his son Alexander I, at Dunfermline Abbey, or possibly Iona.
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  • We had a good afternoon visiting this Priory, it sits on the headland of Tynemouth bay,.we found the shop a little expensive but they sold dome lovely gooseberry and elderflower jam,.! 
  • Very well situated looking out over the North Sea at the mouth of the River Tyne, the views on the sunny day that we visited were grand. The staff were helpful, the display boards were interesting, an...  read more »
  • historic old ruins, in the beautifully located Tynemouth. three kings buried here,so if your'e into your ald saxon history then its a must visit 
  • Nice ENGLISH HERITAGE spot with beautiful sea panorama to grasp. Posibility to climb up some walls :d and toilet availability onsite.
  • What a beautiful place to visit! Really impressive and the location is absolutely privileged! Must visit!
  • What a wonderful heritage! Beautiful place to visit.
  • Great place to visit, plenty of good food.
  • Expensive but ok
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