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
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Ticketing and entry prices for Bamburgh Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
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Child 1
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Concession 1
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Family 1
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Car parking available at Bamburgh Castle Historic sites Attraction Car parking available
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Great View and History

Tor2gamuz, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Despite the far driving time, upon reaching the castle at the parking lot, can view the large castle on the hill. When climb upwards, we can see the beautiful view of the beach and the ocean opposite to the castle. The castle itself is well maintained and beautiful in the inside.. Require to buy the tickets to enter the castle but it was a nice experience nevertheless.


applefortheteacher, Dereham, United Kingdom
Great day out, something for everyone! I loved the amazing views! Living history, excellent day out.

Stunning castle, amazing location

My first visit here seen it on route to places but went in this time. There was one lady who was really friendly (wish I’d got her name) my partner was saying how he can’t as a child and she was talking to us about the clocks and other memories my partner had. Have to say the views from the windows and when we were outside were the best part for me how wonderful to be located next to the beach. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Nice Castle, but charge parking and there is free parking in town, 100m away

A M, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Staying in Bamburgh for the weekend and visited here. Was a bit surprised to be charged £2 for parking (going up in April I am told) to visit this venue, especially as there is free parking in Bamburgh village 100m away. Lesson learned, park in village, not at Castle. Entry reasonable (£10.95) and plenty to see, 14 State Room, 2 small museums and fantastic views from castle walls when clear & sunny. Friendly knowledgeable staff make the visit a really enjoyable experience. Well worth a visit. Recommended.


Cupholderboy, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Sweet Christmas! This place is awesome. It has everything. Ghosts, suits of armour, secret passages, dungeons and a jet engine. It's all you want from a castle seeping in history with actual items from history not reproductions. The staff are all friendly with a feeling of pride and enthusiasm. A definite must see.



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