Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle
NE69 7DF

01668 214515

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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

Type Entry for Guide price
day ticket
Child 1
day ticket
Concession 1
day ticket
Family 1
day ticket

Dates & times for Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh

From To
Times between 01/11/2017 and 09/02/2018
Sun11:00 - 16:30
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat11:00 - 16:30

We are open weekends only during the winter 29th October 2017  -  9th February 2018.

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A place I always wanted to see

Herlaping, Lichfield, United Kingdom
A spectacular view when first seeing it is made absolutely wonderful with the actual castle itself. So full of history and wonderful sights. This is a 'must see'

Worth a visit

Skyeblob, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed our visit, been to Bamburgh many times but not been in the castle as we always had our dog with us. Very interesting and lots to see worth the entrance fee.

Bamburgh Castle replied: What excellent feedback. Thank you very much. Cheers Chris

Wonderful castle, great views, great day.

Tony G, UK
Beautiful castle in a picturesque location. Great to walk to along the beach and take a tour. The views from inside are wonderful too!

Bamburgh Castle replied: Thank you very much. Great review. Cheers Chris

Spectacular castle and views

MikenMissy, Grimsby, United Kingdom
We considered this attraction to be much better than Alnwick and had an element of homeliness despite its imposing nature – the staff were also very helpful in explaining the family history. There is a wealth of history underlying this castle, culminating in the foresight and endeavours of the great inventor and benefactor Lord Armstrong. The castle and rooms are extensive and similar to Cragside, have various displays relating to the Victorian inventor and businessman.

Bamburgh Castle replied: Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the castle. Cheers Chrus

Visiting Bamburgh castle

Joy0033, London, United Kingdom
This stunning castle on the Northumbrian coast is well worth a visit . It’s a beautiful backdrop to walking on the big open sandy beach ... cold this time of year but amazing skies and colours and fab for walking . Didn’t visit inside this time but it’s very well preserved and interesting. Original site goes back to the 9th century current castle more recent . You can walk along the beach from Seahouses where we stayed in the Old school house.



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