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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You gotta see this

tourfox2016, Tadcaster, United Kingdom
Having never been to this castle before and having heard good things about it I went armed with camera and cake money and wasn’t disappointed! The place is in a dramatic setting and has such a rich history that it’s hard to take it all in in one day. I loved the state rooms and their vast collections of items that have accumulated over the years. What’s nice is that it’s still in the family as far as I’m aware and retains its personal touches alongside hundreds of years of history. There are some really interesting exhibits, and the cake in the tea shop is marvellous. Well worth a visit and do allow at least a whole morning or afternoon to see everything!

Well worth a visit

AESPGM, Loughborough
I have always wanted to visit this castle but it has never been within easy reach until today. We were not sure what expect. Our visit was for a reasonable length of time and the audio guides were good at bringing out the key features of each room . The views from the castle were stunning.

Unplanned visit, surprised to find we enjoyed it

TannyFoodie, Leicester, United Kingdom
We decided last minute to stop off on the drive down from Edinburgh to the midlands. Tickets were £10.95 per adult. We expected to see ruins but were surprised to discover an immaculately maintained castle full of artefacts and antiques. Very interesting! The staff here are really warm and welcoming. There’s a tea room/cafe, clean restrooms and benches where you can sit and eat your lunch while overlooking the North Sea. Some spectacular views from here. Caution: it’s high up and very windy/chilly even on a sunny day. The state rooms close at 4.15pm, so get there early! We went on a Sunday and the castle closed at 5pm. It is also a bit creepy, definitely an eerie atmosphere. Also watch out if you’re on a diet as the gift shop is full of delicious fudge and an array of sweets and treats. All in all well worth a visit, did not expect to see the building so well maintained.

Not what I expected, better!

Kellylouiseburns, Sleaford, United Kingdom
Bamburgh has been on my bucket list for a while and I half expected a medieval castle stripped of atmosphere but nonetheless impressive. Needless to say on the outside it looked very imposing and on the inside wow! Beautifully restored by the Armstrong family in neo-gothic 19th century architecture it gave a glimpse into how the elites lived. If you love Downton you’ll love the sumptuousness of Bamburgh combined with over a 1,000 years of heritage. History at its best.

Historic and World Famous Castle

mcgabh1, Gravesend, United Kingdom
Well worth a visit if you are in Northumberland. We did it on a nice sunny (but chilly) day and the sun really highlights the dramatic effect of the castle site. We walked around slowly and took some time to look at the outside, had lunch in the cafe and then visited the State Rooms for about an hour and a half. The dramatic backdrop of the castle and the magnificence of the Great Hall are well worth the entrance price and the food was good. Free parking at the bottom of the hill but £2 to park further up nearer the entrance gates. (worth it if you have mobility issues)



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