Dunstanburgh Castle

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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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A right royal day out


Ticketing and entry prices for Dunstanburgh Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
per ticket
Concession 1
per ticket
Child 1
per ticket

Family Ticket - £11.40



EH Members and National Trust Members Free

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Dogs / pets allowed at Dunstanburgh Castle Historic sites Attraction Dogs / pets allowed
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Superb ruined castle in an impressive coastal setting

NickJCarey, Runcorn, United Kingdom
Superb scenic walk, 1.5 miles from car park, to this magnificently ruined castle. Still able to go up the main tower for views of the coast and now plenty of swallows swoop around the ruins. A number of information boards explain what you are looking at, otherwise you can buy a guide book. Kittiwakes a plenty on the adjacent cliffs along with the odd fulmar Note that the car park in Castner is small, so get there early to avoid disappointment. Castle currently opens at 10am

Great views and amazing history

James P,
Travelling up to Doxford Farms for a gig - stopped off at Dunstanburgh Castle to stretch the legs after a long drive from London. Great walk along the beach and beautiful views from the castle. Andrew from English Heritage was extremely welcoming and showed us to the top tower, which he opened up for us.

Just stunning

This beautiful location surpassed all expectations we didn't actually go into the castle you don't need to to appreciate it's splendour .


Sprocker T,
Great place to visit, providing you don't mind a walk. Park at Craster and walk along the coast, about 1.5miles. We did it on a very windy day, but it would be a great walk on a calm day. Castle is a ruin but well worth a visit.

Wonderful view of Kittiwakes in May for birders

Lyndsey B, London, United Kingdom
Very beautiful stop on our travels in Northumberland a definite highlight including the ruins...lovely walk from Craster well recommended . Awed by the bird life as kittiwakes were nesting so close to the boundary you could see them hovering..also fulmers and razor bills spent an hour just watching them swooping. Very friendly staff well done English Heritage for preserving such a treat.



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