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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Amazing Castle, great sea views....

Simon M, Kendal, United Kingdom
Really worth a visit. You can see why it was built there, very imposing. Cafe served tasty cakes, and other goodies. They also did take away picnics, great for kids. There are stunning views of the coast and the Farne Islands. A real bonus is that the car park is free....... Don't find that very often.


Gongzhu_11, Bristol, United Kingdom
Wasn’t sure what to think but pleasantly surprised. Castle was good and so were the views, amazing!! There was a small coffee and large coffee shop, either nice enough.

Lovely castle, amazing views.

Jennifer N,
Nice castle to visit, the views over the sea are amazing and well worth it. Paying a token amount for a rubbings kit makes for a unique visit round the rooms for any child,.

The castle on the rock.

Judith C, Bourne, United Kingdom
Bamburgh Castle rises majestically out of the rocky outcrop. It is an amazing view from miles around on all sides. Inside it doesn't disappoint with battlements to walk around and then the state rooms to enjoy visiting. An excellent afternoon out.


SUZUKIMAD, Norwich, United Kingdom
Touring the area for a week we had to include Bamburgh Castle. There is a free car park on the main road outside the castle or you can drive up the side road another car park which you pay for but is not expensive. The Castle is really big and interesting inside and outside. There are great views from the battlements overlooking the vast beach and sea and the village of Bamburgh. There is a museum and two tea rooms with the main one doing some fabulous meals and drinks at really good prices.Guides are on hand inside the various rooms to give any information. Outside there is an archaeological dig going on in the grounds and the lead archaeologist came over to us and explained what they were finding and showed us some finds which was fascinating. All in all this was a great visit and worth every penny



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