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.
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ScottyMclue, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Great castle and impressive sea/beach views too! Very well kept and state rooms very interesting as was the Armstrong Museum.
Hard to ignore
Clive M, Cambridge, United Kingdom
The castle dominates from miles around and lours over you when in the village in an almost suffocating way. A visit is a must and should not disappoint. The castle was heavily restored by Lord Armstrong - the green wooden cottages used by the workforce are to the south of the castle just off the Seahouses road - but in a sympathetic way which does not detract from the fortress nature of the building (unlike Alnwick). There is plenty to see - and make sure you visit the archaeology room just beyond the shop for some exquisite minute gold jewellery. The site is extensive with, naturally, exceptional views along the coast with the Farne Isles and Lindisfarne clear (assuming it is not raining!).
A must place to visit.
Ludders_11, Gravesend, United Kingdom
This is a castle I have always wanted to visit. Being a member of Historic Houses it cost us nothing to enter. It is impressive to see as you approach it through Bamburgh. The car park up the slope costs £2. The castle has many interesting rooms. It has a lot of Victorian restoration, but some of the ancient parts still exist. We ate in the clock tower restaurant . Excellent home made food at reasonable prices . This is certainly a castle we will visit again.
Well worth the visit
Christopher N, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Bamburgh Castle is well worth a visit. There are about 14 rooms to see and each one full of interest. The way around is very well signposted. We expected to be around in about an hour but stayed over two.
David N, Kent, United Kingdom
Had our wedding here in the King's Hall. Brilliant fantastic day. A spectacular location. The staff were so professional. Would highly recommend.