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
What a find
Anne M, Melbourne, Australia
Walking along the coast line from the fishing village of Craster towards the castle was haunting. Although a ruin, the castle is very atmospheric.
kbjunior88, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
nice walk but not too much left of castle, great views and interesting site but unfortunately no toilet facilities.
Stunningly beautiful part of Northumberland
Jacqueline B, South Shields, United Kingdom
The walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh is lovely and fairly easy, particularly for those who aren't really fit. The incline is mild and there are loads of opportunities for rock pooling along the way so great for the kids. There are some nice places to eat and drink nearby. It's a lovely place for a picnic in the warmer weather too.
Wild looking Castle
FlyingEmmit, Devon, United Kingdom
Wow.... This really looks the part, and although mainly a ruin, it doesn't take much imagination to see what a huge, domineering castle it must have once been. Walk from Craster, take in the sea views as the castle looms in front of you, and enjoy Northumberland history at its best.
NewcastleLucky, Darlington, United Kingdom
We parked in Craster and walked here, I would say it's about 1.5 miles each way.You need to be dressed for it, footwear and outerwear, as it's open to the elements. Seasonal opening hours so worth checking in advance. £5 entrance per adult unless you are a member of English Heritage or National Trust then it's free. Dog's welcome, have to remain on lead though. No toilets but there is a shop. Interesting to learn the history of the castle. Great views