Visits

visitspage-1Ford Castle is located between the cities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh, capital of Scotland. We are surrounded by historic towns and cultural attractions,with beautiful countryside all around.

Our purpose is to live the language, and at Ford Castle our students are encouraged to speak English confidently, and learn British culture. We take a variety of excursions, and our group leaders provide guided tours.

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Ford Castle students go on exciting day trips, paying visits to nearby places of interest and practicing their English with local people.

We visit Alnwick Castle, the iconic setting of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Here, our groups learn to fly a broomstick, dress as Knights and Ladies to duel dragons, and tour the 800 year old house of the family Percy, Dukes of Northumberland.

Further North is Edinburgh, perhaps the most beautiful city in the United Kingdom, and the capital of Scotland. Here, we climb the steps to the huge castle that houses the crown jewels of the Scottish kings.

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We eat lunch at the foot of the iconic Scot Monument, before hitting the shops on the famous Princes Street. There’s time to visit Scottish Parliament and the National Museum of Scotland before walking the Royal Mile with its abundance of souvenir shops.

visitspage-4Newcastle upon Tyne, close to Ford, is a cosmopolitan city with modern architecture, interesting museums and a firm cultural identity. Attractions include the Life Centre, the Sage and the famous Millennium Bridge, not to mention its well-known football ground, St James’ Park, right at the heart of the city.

Not far from Ford, we visit the nearby village of Etal, where the remains of the castle can be found, still with cannons and portcullis! Our young visitors travel there by canoeing along the River Till.

We also make regular trips into the beautiful Ford village, not far from the castle and a wonderful example of a rural English village with its traditional architecture, village square and park. The Post Office hosts summer garden parties with tea, homemade scones and jam, a treat for our summer camp students after a long afternoon of activities.