The ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle tower over the Northumberland coastal line. It is an ideal family day out with a picnic area, fantastic views, and it is not far from the Scottish Borders.
The Castle was built on the most magnificent scale, and rivalled any castle of its day. The dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle stand on a remote headland, reached by a beautiful coastal walk from nearby Craster.
Visitors can explore the great gatehouse and the imposing Lilburn Tower, which commands stunning views north towards Bamburgh Castle. The magnificent sea views and unique location make this the perfect spot to escape from the stresses of modern life.
Dunstanburgh Castle is owned by The National Trust, and maintained and managed by English Heritage. Entry is free to National Trust members and English Heritage members. Parking is in Craster, from where it's a picturesque 1.5 mile coastal walk to the castle.
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Family Ticket - £11.40
EH Members and National Trust Members Free
Ruin and charged for to get entry. No dogs except on short leads and mind the poo
julian H, Norwich, United Kingdom
parked at Craster and walked along the coast to the castle which is chargable entry. Have to go through fields with sheep and cattle plus their excrement but wo betide you if you do not pick up the dog poo, as it results in a fine , apparently! As the picture shows a ruin anyway so good for walk but not much else and if you are dog not even then
Lovely on a nice day
Judgefoodie, Atlanta, Georgia
We had the good fortune to have a lovely day for our walk from Craster to this castle ruin. We had been advised to arrive early as the car park for Craster fills up quickly and there is no parking in the village. It's a delightful stroll along the North Sea. Castle entry is free for National Trust (for Americans, Royal Oak) members as it is a joint venture with English Heritage. Inside there is nothing but ruins but do be sure to find the stairway that takes you up a tower to a lovely view. When you return to Craster, seek refreshment at the Jolly Fisherman.
Dunstanburgh Castle is a 25 minute walk from Craster along the coast and has fantastic views out to sea and along the coast and inland. There is quite a lot of the castle left to see and the history is very interesting. Wear wellies or stout shoes as it's uneven and wet underfoot but well worth the effort. There is a good car park in Craster and some nice places to eat but they get busy.
Beautiful, if rather chilly, walk to and from t the castle from Craster. Whilst I appreciate the site needs to be maintained the charge to look around a ruined Castle open to all sides and elements seemed irrelevant.
Mudeford123, Christchurch, United Kingdom
It is a lovely walk from Craster to the castle (if you have the weather) We have National Trust membership so visited the castle. Not sure if you would do this unless you have NT or English Heritage membership. You can see quite a lot of the castle walking around the perimeter.