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A pristine beach, drifting sand dunes, snug eateries tucked away on street corners, and a magnificent castle view everywhere you turn. These are just a few of Bamburgh’s draws, not to mention its coastal setting in the county's AONB.

A castle view around every corner

As the royal capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria, spell-binding Bamburgh holds a history worth discovering. All the while, awe-inspiring Bamburgh Castle will be your backdrop, and you can wander down the main street, past Bamburgh's cafes and towards the village’s landmark red phone box for an especially staggering and scenic view.

Dominant and dramatic on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh Castle’s imposing presence along Northumberland’s coast makes for a magical walk along the beach. Head here from Seahouses using the castle as your guidepost and admire its setting behind the wild dunes that sway in the breeze. Enter the grounds of this iconic, medieval fortification, with impressive corridors, towering turrets and formidable fortresses. As you explore one of the most iconic castles in northern England, learn about the castle’s turbulent past, as well as discovering an array of events are constantly happening at the castle, such as Dragon Hunts, Ghost Tours and even Outdoor Cinema Screenings if you stick around after sunset. The Armstrong family, owners of Bamburgh Castle, are dog lovers and the grounds at Bamburgh Castle are dog friendly so you can even bring your four legged friend.

The castle isn’t the only chunk of history that Bamburgh Village has to offer. The RNLI Grace Darling is a museum dedicated to Grace Horsley Darling, who participated in the rescue of nine men from a tragic shipwreck. She became Victorian Britain’s greatest heroine, and the profound event had a huge impact on the RNLI as we know it today.

Another must see is Bamburgh Ossuary which is located in a crypt below St Aidan's church and is the final resting place of the bones of people from the 6th & 7th century. Discover more about their fascinating history with a guided tour of the crypt. 

Standing on Bamburgh Castle beach, looking out at the North Sea you can enjoy views of Holy Island and the Farne Islands. If you are visiting the Holy Island of Lindisfarne make sure to check the safe crossing times as the island is cut of twice a day by the tides.

If you’re looking for a cuppa between beach walks, a cluster of cafes line Bamburgh’s stone-front streets. Plus, the village offers high-end restaurants serving exquisite seafood for those wanting to be wined and dined.
For the golfers amongst us Bamburgh Castle Golf Club is often called one of the most scenic golf courses in Britain with views of Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands, the Cheviots and Bamburgh Castle. 

If visiting by car there is parking on Links Road, then it's just a short walk into the village. For those that prefer to sit back and let someone else do the driving as they travel, Arriva run regular buses to Bamburgh, so you can enjoy a car free day.

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Bamburgh FAQs

Bamburgh is a village in Northumberland, England.

Nearby towns and villages include Holy Island, Berwick, Alnwick, Seahouses, Ford & Etal, and St Abbs. All of these can be reached within half an hour or less, most easily by car.

Yes, you can walk along the beach from Seahouses to Bamburgh. It is approximately 3 miles one way.

It's vast, unspoilt shoreline is uncrowded and backed by fabulous sand dunes and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. It also commands sea views across to Lindisfarne, Holy Island and Farne Islands.

Yes, dogs are allowed on Bamburgh Beach.

No, Bamburgh Castle is privately owned and operates as a visitor attraction.

The Castle is owned by the Armstrong family. The downstairs is open to the public. There are areas of the Castle which are residential and holiday apartments.

Yes, Bamburgh Castle has toilets once you are through the admission gate, available for visitors only.

Adult £15.50, Children £7.65 (5-16yrs) Family (2+3) £41. Disabled £11.40 with free access for carer. Click here for further information.

Bamburgh Castle has its own car park, charges are £4 per day. To park in the main village car park is £7 for the day.

Yes, Beach Access North East loan specialised equipment for disabled & elderly people across the North East.

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