Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle
NE69 7DF

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Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland's most iconic buildings.

The Bamburgh castle we see today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times. Lord Armstrong was also responsible for building Cragside House, Gardens & Estates.

But the castle boasts a much longer history. There have been settlements on the site since prehistoric times and the regular archaeological digs that take place on the site have unearthed some spectacular finds.

Excavations were started in the 1960s by Dr Brian Hope-Taylor, who discovered the gold plaque known as the Bamburgh Beast as well as the Bamburgh Sword.

During the summer you can see archeologists working on the site, and there is even the chance to get your hands dirty and see what you and your family can find.

During its more recent history, Bamburgh Castle feted royal guests and English kings, one of whom - Edward IV - destroyed it in the Wars of the Roses.

Lord Armstrong's restoration saved it from ruin and the castle provides an ancestral home to the Armstrong family to this day.

Bamburgh Castle has 14 public rooms and more than 2,000 artefacts, including arms and armour, porcelain, furniture and artwork.

We have onsite parking and disabled parking spaces (please speak to our car park attendant on arrival). 

Bamburgh Castle's epic scale attracts film and television crews and it has featured in everything from Time Team to Becket. It has recently become a popular wedding venue.

It won a bronze award in the 2008 North East Large Visitor Attraction Awards and a silver at the Green Business Scheme. And to prove it's universal appeal, the castle was recently a finalist in ITV1's Britain's Favourite View competition.

Bamburgh Castle features in the itinerary...
A right royal day out
Peace and Solitude


Ticketing and entry prices for Bamburgh Castle

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Great attraction

David C, London, United Kingdom
Visited here last week end. Very few visitors so we nearly had the place to ourselves. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. There was plenty to see and the views are fantastic.

Magical place

Jules92, Glasgow
I had never visited this part of the country despite travelling all over the UK. We decided to stay outside Bamburgh and also visit Lindisfarne island. What an amazing place and the castle sits like a ship in full sail looking out towards the sea and Lindisfarne. The castle has a lot of history attached and is well worth a visit. We were blessed with good weather albeit very windy. Make sure you visit the castle but visiting Lindisfarne is a must. Check the tides as you must drive across the causeway which is under water at high tide.

Bamburgh Castle replied: Thank you for the feedback. Cheers Chris

Even chain mail will freeze

480michael, Houston, Texas
Visiting the Northumberland area of England a superb visit is Bamburgh Castle. Considering parts of the castle go back to the Anglo Saxon times. Then through lineage ownership large buildings have been added onto up to the Victorian times.The place is immaculate it's not stuffed with thousands of things and objects but what it does have is Quality. Armor guns bows tapestry woodwork floors furniture. The place must be hell to heat and outside wrap up warm getting married in this castle would be idle in summer thing .the owners the Armstrong family have owned the place since the late 1800 hundreds the refurbishment of the place has been carried very well.going back again in warmer weather. The placement was very strategic

Bamburgh Castle replied: Great feedback, thank you very much. Cheers Chris

Great self guided tour, beautiful views!

Margaret O,
A lot of walking but well worth the time. Very knowledgeable staff on history and artifacts. Get there early to park in upper lot. Photography allowed but no flash. Extra time? Take the path to the beach below Castle. Would go again. Interior tour Not suitable for mobilely impaired, but outside grounds are.

Bamburgh Castle replied: Great feedback. Please to hear you found the visit worth the time and enjoyed it. Cheers Chris

Great Castle in a fantastic location

uk_sassypants, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This is a must see castle. Beautiful big castle with gorgeous sea views. It is a nice and interesting historical visit with plenty to see. It is well worth a visit for a great day out. We parked on site for free with a walk up the hill. For those with mobility issues there is parking inside the castle walls. We will definitely be back at some point in the future.

Bamburgh Castle replied: Thank you very much for the kind feedback. Just a quick point - while parking in the car park is free over winter, in the summer we charge £2 per car for the whole day. Cheers Chris



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