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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Great educational day out
kazL-S2016, Peterborough, United Kingdom
We loved our day here, from fascinating history to parts of crashed nearby air craft to inventions. The cafe was really busy so we grabbed sandwiches & cake and sat on a bench in the grounds, food was homemade & really good. The guides were really knowledgeable as well. The beach is lovely, car parking is free opposite the castle, you have to pay in the castle car park, but it is only £2
Great site, fascinating detail
Terry H, Billericay, United Kingdom
Once seen, never forgotten. Bamburgh Castle is an imposing site and the managers have ensured that the inside is at least as memorable as the outside. This is another private castle that puts English Heritage to shame. The room details and the small guide book (£1) carried enough detail for young and old. The rooms were well laid out and bright. A great site with a range of interesting areas as well as a great cafe. Well Done to all involved. A great place to spend 2 or 3 hours.
cadbury2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom
A lovely place to visit, lots of things to see. The rooms ceilings are wonderful, so do look up. The place does seem to be laid out rather oddly but that's part of the fun, you never know what you are going to see next We ate in the smaller cafe and found the sandwiches and scones delicious.
Not an Armstrong family site, but still great!
Rhyne A, Alpharetta, Georgia
Lord Armstrong was certainly an Armstrong, but don't expect this to have any history of the Armstrong family or clan here. Just HIS Armstrong family. That out of the way, I will say the castle is beautiful, and the collections were eclectic and fascinating. There could have been more about the history of the site through the ages, but other than that we can't complain. Even my teenage son loved the place.
A Fascinating Mish Mash
mikeandros, Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
From scrap engines to Grand Masterpieces you can never be sure what's around the next room. Although it likes to be called (with some justification) the King of Castles it's uniqueness lies with its connection with the genius of Lord Armstrong. There are the usual pictures and artifacts together with a long history but it becomes really alive with the many ways Lord Armstrong and his family contributed to the development of Britain. Many hours could be spent examining the best presentations (some others are of very little interest) especially for the technically minded.