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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Fairenough_63, Thirsk, United Kingdom
We had a really enjoyable visit to this castle. We walked from Seahouses, which is a lovely approach to see the castle appear clearly as you get closer. We paid £28 for a family ticket for five of us, and felt we had good value for that. I don't understand reviewers' previous comments on value. But - the cafe was very overpriced and that is a little annoying when there is no other choice - it felt a little opportunistic. Luckily we had brought a picnic and paid high prices only for coffees. The castle and grounds are fabulous to walk around. Children can explore freely and there's a distinct absence of signs and barriers which is refreshing. Similarly, inside the castle state rooms, everything was out for looking and feeling, which made the experience of being in a historical building much more real. The great Hall is simply stunning, and the children loved taking in the vaulted ceiling and imagining the balls taking place in there. There was information in each room, and although we didn't bother there was also the option of audio guides. The staff were all pleasant and helpful, apart from the initial ticket sales, which wasn't done in a very friendly or welcoming manner. Delighted to find the aviation museum as an unexpected bonus. Actually being able to touch and feel these many parts of aircraft, artillery, hydro power etc was thrilling - most places would have all of this shut up behind glass. The information displays were excellent. Armstrong was such an important figure in British invention and manufacturing, and this was a genuine and modest tribute to his work. All ages enjoyed the castle and I would definitely recommend to others.
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georgeandpamela, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Family of 5 (2 adults and kids aged 12, 9 and 4). We had a great day out - beautiful setting and lots of space for the kids to run around. It would be a bit more challenging is it was raining!
Its a beautiful castle, well worth a visit. When you go, if you want to get on to the beach, take the road that leads to the golf course (just before the castle), it says its a close, but still take it. Then there is an entrance/parking lot to the beach 1/4 mile down. From there you will get amazing beach/castle views.
QuietandThoughtful, Leicester, United Kingdom
For me, this is one of the most stunning places there is. The size is hard to imagine but it isn't just that, the setting on the wild coast, the large beaches, the views, the condition. It is amazing.
Definitely value for money
Rebecca G, Blackpool, United Kingdom
With Alnwick Castle (and all the Harry Potter fans) only down the road, I'm really glad we opted to visit Bamburgh. The drive into town is quiet and the castle impressive. Car parking is plentiful, with free spaces at the bottom of the hill and paid for at the top. All the staff were helpful and chatty, from the car parking attendant, to the cafe staff. Entrance fee was more than reasonable, knowing that we were there for at least three hours! You could run round in 40 minutes, steady pace for 1.5 hours or take it easy and have a coffee to refuel and take half a day. The weather was fine, so were were able to take a good look at the outside and the museum, before we even set foot inside. All the guides were approachable and knowledgeable. The self-guided tour through the castle was straightforward and took in 14 staterooms of different styles and sizes, with lots of bits and pieces to look at and read up on. A fair few chairs dotted around to sit for a bit and take it all in. Cafe in the clockhouse is a must - the soup, bread and scones are fantastic.