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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|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
very enjoyable visit
Elaine M, Liverpool, United Kingdom
This is a spectacular castle with fantastic coastal views. The history is palpable in every corner. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The tearoom is up a flight of quite steep stairs and therefore inaccessible to many.
Spectacular on the outside and the inside
Godders_Only_Knows, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Free parking right opposite the castle was the first win for the day when visiting Bamburgh Castle. It wasn't expensive like English Heritage or National Trust, I think it was around £9 per adult. For the sheer size and spectacle I thought it was a bargain, was blown away by all the rooms and just full of rich history and items. I have seen it isnt as well kept as a national trust spot, but I disagree and think it it. The cafe has some fantastic cakes and coffee! Absolute treat before you enter and have a walk around. Little viewing point for after you leave the castle. If you walk across the big playing green next to the castle and head along it, at the top of a sand dune (quite high and steep) there is a bench at the top that is voted the best sandwich eating spot! Views are incredible of the castle and beach (where I took this picture from)
Helen K, Fremantle, Australia
A very interesting castle with a gallery, shop and state rooms to see. Absolutely beautiful coastal and village views.
Enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around
Yorkshire1245, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Walked from Seahouses along the beach and then up into the castle. Great stroll around the grounds, snack lunch in the cafe and then through the state rooms. Good signage inside explaining what we saw and friendly staff available to help. As we were leaving an entourage of a Model T Fords turned up. Great day out
Not National Trust standard
dgjh, Leyland lancashire
I agree with other reviewers that the exterior is spectacular but found the interior rooms lacked atmosphere. Didn't visit the tea room but access would be difficult if you can't walk very well