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.
Due to a major filming commitment, we will be closed from Wednesday 14th September until Monday 19th September 2016. Reopening on the 20th September 2016.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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|Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh(Group Attraction)|
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|Monday||31/10/2016||Friday||10/02/2017||11:00 - 16:30|
Car parking available
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aellituv, Manchester, United Kingdom
What amazing views over a wonderful coastline What an imposing castle Very few have such prominence over a landscape
Kathryn G, Larbert, United Kingdom
Visited with my husband. Well worth it. Fantastic views from outside and some of the windows, and loads of displays and information inside. There's a small but well-stocked gift shop and a tearoom which we didn't use. The castle is within easy walking distance of Bamburgh village and you can access the beach from the car park.
Hunting for a cosy teashop in a castle
TheBooktrail, England, United Kingdom
Reading the novel The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Northumberland author Caroline Roberts I was dying to eat and drink in the place in her book. So imagine my shock when I discovered Claversham Castle in the book was fictional! So i made it my mission to find it for real and soon discovered that Bamburgh Castle and its tea shop was ideal. So much so that I spent a lovely time here sampling probably more cake and tea than I should have, but it was all worth it. And it really brought the castle and the book to life! Have to say I did manage to leave the tea room long enough to wander the halls of the castle and soak up the culture. It really is a stunning castle and the nearby beaches are perfect in the sunshine. For a visit with a difference read Mari Hannah's Monument to Murder also set here A cosy tea room and very friendly staff.
Aimee S, Bourne, United Kingdom
We couldn't enter, as we had dogs, but just from outside the castle was spectacular and imposing, would definitely visit
Good inside and out.
P T, Watford, United Kingdom
Went last year and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Wanted to go in this year just for coffee but it meant paying the whole entrance fee so we didn't bother. The castle itself is very interesting and the views are to die for.