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.
|Bamburgh Castle is a venue for ...|
|Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh(Group Attraction)|
|Type||Entry for||Guide price|
|Times between 13/02/2016 and 30/10/2016|
|Monday||31/10/2016||Tuesday||14/02/2017||11:00 - 16:30|
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vacant1uk, Norwich, United Kingdom
Spent a very interesting morning at Bamburgh Castle. The whole experience is worth the entrance fee. Do make sure you go to the museum as I found it very informative.
Everytime a new experience!
There are many delightful aspects of this castle. Firstly, the incredible sigh to behold when you first drive towards Bamburgh - wow! Secondly, the wonderful collection of historical artefacts and objects as you make your way through the different rooms. Thirdly, the amazing view from the castle - out to sea, over Bamburgh village and beyond. It is without doubt the best castle I've ever visited and has a magical feel. Must be a wonderful place to work - any jobs going? :-)
Hootie1963, Manchester, United Kingdom
Amazing views, amazing history. Great guides in each of the rooms of the castle. The beach in front of the castle is amazing too. Highly recommended, well worth a visit!
stephen m, Hessle, United Kingdom
Brassed off could not take our dog around the grounds of the castle because some owners failed to clean up after their dogs.
Fine For a Wet Day
Kelpie48, Inverness, United Kingdom
Given the size of the castle, there is very little of it open to the public. What you do get to see though is fairly standard castle stuff, swords, an odd suit of armour and old muskets, along with a tapestry and furniture. I found the experience a bit disjointed and the guide book didnt really help much. The one must see here is the museum which is accessed from outside the castle. Its full of old RAF stuff, and although its small is full of interesting things from a 4" gun to a WW2 aeroplane propeller that was caught in a trawler net.