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View of the village from Harbottle Castle
Harbottle is located in Northumberland
Harbottle shown within Northumberland
Population 256 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference NT934046
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MORPETH
Postcode district NE65
Dialling code 01669
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
55°20′10″N 2°06′22″W / 55.336°N 2.106°W / 55.336; -2.106Coordinates: 55°20′10″N 2°06′22″W / 55.336°N 2.106°W / 55.336; -2.106

Harbottle is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England about 10 miles (16 km) south-east of the Scottish border, in the southeastern part of the Cheviot Hills and inside Northumberland National Park.[2][3] The village is the site of Harbottle Castle built by order of Henry II. Now in ruins, the castle was constructed by the Umfraville family to protect against invaders from Scotland.


The Drake Stone near Harbottle

Harbottle Castle is a ruinous medieval castle dated to the 12th century, situated at the west end of the village overlooking the River Coquet.[3] It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building.[4]

The Drake Stone punctuates the hills surrounding Harbottle. The massive erratic sandstone boulder, believed in times past to be endowed with supernatural powers,[3] was deposited by a glacier during the Ice Age. It has been compared to the Bowder Stone of Cumbria.[5] Harbottle Lake is situated just behind the Drake Stone.[6]

Harbottle has a single small public house: The Star Inn.[7]

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