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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Impressive Castle - worth a visit
The castle itself is very impressive inside, the grounds are well worth exploring and they seemed to have activities on for children. The dunes leading down to the beach were fun to explore, as is the whole stretch of coastline next to the castle. There is a large, free car park at the foot of the hill, if you park in the one slightly (a 5 minute walk up the hill) it's £3.
Frances H, Leyland, United Kingdom
Visited Bamburgh for the first time and was so impressed by the view of the castle as we rounded a bend in the road and suddenly the castle was in front of us, dominating the skyline and the village below. A breathtaking view. We didn’t go into the castle but, instead, walked around it and down onto the huge beach in front of it. The views were spectacular and we stayed for quite a while.
Stephen N, London, United Kingdom
We approached Bamburgh from inland rather than coming up the coast from Seahouses. Seeing the castle as we came over a rise was an impressive sight. As a local hotel manager remarked, it would be wonderful to be able to repeat the experience of seeing the castle for the first time. Although there has been a castle on this site for well over 1,200 years, what we see today is mostly late Victorian which gave me somewhat mixed feelings - hence 4 stars rather than 5. I guess that without the Victorian reconstruction, what we would see would be no more than a ruin. There is much to be seen inside the state rooms including the great ballroom and the armoury which are impressive in their own right. However it takes a little imagination to understand what life might have been like there in times gone by. The guides are informative and friendly. It is worth doing a bit of research in advance if you want to get the most out of the visit - otherwise there is a range of information overload. Highly recommended.
This is a stunning location and shows Northumberland at its very best
Colin R, Norwich, United Kingdom
We visited Bamburgh on a clear sunny day and saw the castle and surroundings at their very best. This imposing castle set high above the beach is a view to behold. The beaches stretching below it in either direction are magnificent. We didn't go into the castle but walked around it and along the beach northwards to the lighthouse. The views are very special plus you re quite close here to the Farne Islands as well. With the big skies, vast stretches of sand and rolling waves its is without doubt a stunning place to see and enjoy.
An item that cannot be missed
Hrodulf4x4medic, George, South Africa
We have spent a whole morning here since opening to lunch and it was not enough time. With recorded history of 1500 years plus, this is a mint condition castle with too much to mention. Don't worry about getting hungry or thirsty, it is covered as well. Bucket list must.