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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Spectacular castle and location - tourist information could be improved.
LoyolaCenterNCL, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The castle itself and the location are both absolutely stunning. Visually, the estate is in a league of its own. However, leading a group of 20 through the property, I felt several times that the service and organisation of the attraction could be vastly improved. There was some confusion over our tour (which we ended up missing completely) and I felt that the whole 'tourist experience' could be improved on. Needless to say, worth a visit and an absolute 'MUST' is a walk on the gorgeous wide beach directly below the castle grounds .
Great day out
andrewbZ8639IA, Birtley, United Kingdom
We decided to have a drive out and visited Bamburgh castle. What a lovely day, we visited the castle, the beach a local pub and fish and chips at seahouses on the way home. You forget what a beautiful coastline we have and only a small drive from home in birtley. Not quite Kassiopi but nevertheless a lovely day out.
774andyp, York, United Kingdom
Brilliant place to visit. Reasonable price for entry and the guide book is only £1. Great rooms to explore and the grounds are nice with impressive sea views. Tea room on site too
scarletbush, Leeds, United Kingdom
I am a huge fan of Northumberland and have been visiting Bamburgh since the early 1980’s. Up to last year I had never been in the castle - which I have now rectified - my most recent tour involving the audio guide which is well worth the £2. I now know almost all there is to know about the history of this magnificent castle and the people who have fought for it, lived in it restored it. I would certainly put it on the top 10 list of things to see and do in this remarkable county.
chris c, mold
with free parking too. that's a first. great views ad well. very windy this time of the year though so watch how you open the car door!!