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It sounds like a funny name for a town, but the ‘Chester’ part refers to a Roman fort, and the ‘Street’ was the Roman road the fort sat beside in around 100AD. So it’s literal, and historic, if not very romantic. The name evokes the town’s history, but Chester-le-Street’s present, as a town seven miles south of Newcastle, just inland from Sunderland and north of Durham, is that of a modern market town, with Tuesday, Friday and Saturday markets Chester-le-Street was at one stage the home of the Bishop of Lindisfarne, and the centre of Christian Britain. But what the history books fail to mention is that Chester-le-Street is also in a really pretty spot, and has a picturesque cricket ground (home to Durham County and venue for test matches) and some beautiful walking trails. Most of our Guru’s top picks for the best places to stay in Chester-le-Street are on the outskirts of town, and include the historic Lumley Castle.
- Lumley Castle has the kind of towers and crenelations loved by those who illustrate books about King Arthur, and interiors to match. Think bedrooms in towers, thick walls, four-poster beds, lavish decorations and a vaulted dining hall in which staff in costume serve evening banquets.
- Between Chester-le-Street and Durham, the Ramside Hall Hotel is a 130 room family friendly resort hotel with spreading grounds a swanky spa and fitness centre and a choice of dining.
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Lumley Castle 73 rooms from 132Chester-le-Street (County Durham)
A picture-book castle that oozes atmosphere, from the tower bedrooms to the vaulted dining room. Expect thick walls, lavish decorations, four-poster beds, plus a touch of drama with the costumed staff and evening banquets.Sights nearby - Durham Cathedral and Castle are architecturally impressive and historically interesting.Fishing - Catch a fish supper in the nearby River Wear.Full of characterFour poster beds - For romantics.