Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland's most iconic buildings.
The Bamburgh castle we see today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times. Lord Armstrong was also responsible for building Cragside House, Gardens & Estates.
But the castle boasts a much longer history. There have been settlements on the site since prehistoric times and the regular archaeological digs that take place on the site have unearthed some spectacular finds.
Excavations were started in the 1960s by Dr Brian Hope-Taylor, who discovered the gold plaque known as the Bamburgh Beast as well as the Bamburgh Sword.
During the summer you can see archeologists working on the site, and there is even the chance to get your hands dirty and see what you and your family can find.
During its more recent history, Bamburgh Castle feted royal guests and English kings, one of whom - Edward IV - destroyed it in the Wars of the Roses.
Lord Armstrong's restoration saved it from ruin and the castle provides an ancestral home to the Armstrong family to this day.
Bamburgh Castle has 14 public rooms and more than 2,000 artefacts, including arms and armour, porcelain, furniture and artwork.
We have onsite parking and disabled parking spaces (please speak to our car park attendant on arrival).
Bamburgh Castle's epic scale attracts film and television crews and it has featured in everything from Time Team to Becket. It has recently become a popular wedding venue.
It won a bronze award in the 2008 North East Large Visitor Attraction Awards and a silver at the Green Business Scheme. And to prove it's universal appeal, the castle was recently a finalist in ITV1's Britain's Favourite View competition.
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|Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh(Group Attraction)|
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|Times between 11/02/2017 and 29/10/2017|
We are open weekends only during the winter 29th October 2017 - 9th February 2018.
Car parking available
Credit / debit cards accepted
MikeChorley, Chorley, United Kingdom
Dominates the skyline and great views down to the spectacular beach. It’s been lived in privately over the years so isn’t a ruin and has impressive decor throughout the state rooms. Lots to see and a cafe that puts twice as much filling in their sandwiches than you’ll get elsewhere.
tyketyke, King's Lynn, United Kingdom
You will be impressed by this castle long before you arrive, its setting dominates the landscape. We had a bit of a problem in that Mrs T had suffered a broken leg and was hobbling around on crutches. If you have similar mobility issues and boy has this opened our eyes, do a bit of research before visiting. Those with problems are allowed to drive right to the top of the castle and access the state rooms. What you may not understand is that you can also drive down to the cafe. This has several steps up to it but there is a shack near the loos to which an order will be brought. Visiting the castle will be limited, they were not designed with consideration to those less abled but you will see a number of rooms and be shown a dvd of those areas you cannot access. We look forward to revisiting when fully fit.
Maggie P, Sydney, Australia
Worth a visit, you won't be disappointed. Gorgeous views across the coastline toward Lindisfarne Island.
This is a well restored castle which is imposing to look around as well as to view above the superb beach location. Lord Armstrong was brilliant in restoring this don't miss Cragside at Rothbury other where Lord Armstrong lived
Not the best castle we've seen
Claire b, Guildford, United Kingdom
From the outside this castle looks impressive. There is a steep slope leading up to the castle.The entrance fee is £10.95 per adult within an hour and a half we had seen it all.For such a big castle you do not see that many rooms we were quite disappointed I do not call this value for money.