We went into the castle and then found a bench on the castle walls to have a drink and an apple to keep us going (this was our lunch after the big breakfast we'd had at the hotel). While my wife sat on the bench I took a few shots from the castle wall. This first one was looking down the barrel of a cannon which was pointed out to sea. You might just be able to make out a couple walking with their dog down on the beach. In the hazy distance are the Farne Islands (I think).
Along the castle wall were a few more cannons pointing out towards the sea.
Looking over the castle wall is the view of the sand dunes which don't look as steep as the ones that we had climbed up, although it's quite hard to tell from up here. The ones that we had come over are around behind the gatehouse but the dunes do look bigger over in that direction.
This next shot was from the same place but looking more towards the castle. Here we can see some more of the cannons and also the inner wall of the castle, the second line of defence.
After we'd finished our lunch we had a quick look around the Armstrong aircraft museum which was in the lower part of the castle and then we headed towards the state rooms within the inner castle walls. As we walked around there seemed to be lots of building within the castle where people are living today, which we thought was a bit odd. This next photo is the outside of the great hall, on the left, and some of the living quarters on the right. Remember the the shape of the windows in the great hall for a later photo.
On one of the topmost parts of the castle wall was this small turret with a big bell inside. The weathering on the stonework is quite amazing and illustrates the variety of different stones that was used to build the castle.
We went inside the staterooms and the first room had this fantastic wooden model of the castle. I'm not sure that the dues are as steep as the model suggests though.
There were a few rooms with lots of old bits and pieces in cabinets which were fairly interesting but not worth photographing. We arrived at the great hall with had this lovely wooden roof construction. The hall had been completely rebuilt relatively recently which accounts for the incredible condition of the roof timbers.
The next pair of photos are of a very ornate clock which was in the great hall. The first one I took with the light from the windows reflecting off the clock face. Remember the shape from the photograph of the outside of the great hall. In the second shot I moved to one side so as to have no window light and therefore a better view of the clock face. I couldn't decide which version I prefer so I put them both here.