SE 559-707 Yorkshire England
Crayke Castle is a 12th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by the Bishops of Durham. In the late 13th century, Bishop Anthony Bek, founded the stone castle when modifying its defences and after several phases of building and rebuilding, Bishop Robert Neville founded the present mid 15th century castle. Built against the motte, are the foundations of a timber-framed hall and a four storey tower house, with the Great Chamber at first floor level. In the bailey are the ruinous remains of the 15th century New Tower, a L-shaped vaulted residential tower block. Adjoining the tower house and built on the site of the hall is the 18th or 19th century Castle Lodge. 7 miles north-east is Gilling Castle and 8 miles south-east is Sheriff Hutton Castle.
Crayke Castle is located in the village centre, off Crayke Lane. 13 miles north of York, on the B1363.
The site is visible from the road.
Car parking is by the side of the road.