NZ 358-588 County Durham England
Hylton Castle was originally a late 14th century fortified stone manor house, founded by Sir William Hylton. Possibly built over earlier buildings, the remaining four storey rectangular gatehouse tower, dominated an eastern courtyard. Excavations have revealed the foundations of the great hall and the courtyard, with four chambers, two barns and a kitchen being mentioned in 1435. Nearby is the altered mid 12th century chapel of St Catherine and evidence of a Jacobean house was found in 1995. In the 18th century, Baron John Hylton and his son, added north and south crenellated wings to the gatehouse, when constructing an Italianate style mansion. They redesigned the interior and inserted large windows but a century later, William Briggs demolished the wings and added the Gothic windows. 9 miles north is Tynemouth Castle and 11 miles south-west at Beamish is Pockerley Farmhouse.
Hylton Castle is located in Sunderland, off Craigavon Road. 8 miles south-east of Newcastle upon Tyne, on the A184-A19.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is freely accessible in daylight hours.
There is a car park.