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
Dogs / pets allowed
Wonderful views and a great coastal walk.
James A, Maidenhead, United Kingdom
A lovely 1 mile walk down the coast from Craster, these 14th century castle ruins make for a great day out along a wonderful part of the Northumberland coastline. The attraction is free to both English Heritage and National Trust members (costs about £5 for an adult without). The castle itself is nice enough, but for me, the real attraction is the stunning views out north towards Lindisfarne and south towards Craster. Worth noting that there are no toilets or café in the castle (nearest ones in Craster). The attraction is, in my opinion, very weather dependent. The weather on the day we visited was excellent. In driving rain/hail/snow/freezing cold, I feel the castle, with the compulsory walk, would be not quite as wonderful...
GillyPNorthEastCoast, North East Coast
Only accessible by lovely walk across fields, with plenty of parking in Craster or the occasional bus. Stunning views, incredible location, painted by Turner etc etc. Not to be missed.
HappyWanderer817, United Kingdom
The castle is a ruin and is a real landmark, easily recognisable from miles away up and down the coast by its crown shape. It's open to visitors (English Heritage do make a charge) at certain times of the year. The walk from Low Newton to Craster is idyllic, either along the dunes, past Embleton Steads and Dunstanburgh golf links or along the beach. The castle must have been pretty impressive in its day. It still has a presence and brooding about it which you can sense when walking there just as it's getting dark. We love this walk and so do our dogs.
Lovely day for a walk.
AJBwf4, Wakefield, United Kingdom
What an absolutely stunning part of the world this is. Just two quid to park all day, and a great walk up to the castle. Lovely area helped by a load of sunshine!
georgieboy, colchester uk
Walked along the beach from Embleton and up onto the coastal path. The castle was closed but what is left of it is so impressive and imposing sitting on the cliff top.