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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The Scale is Staggering
Had seen pictures over the years but could hardly take in he sheer scale of this building which towers over the sweet little village / town below. Amazing place to visit on this rather wild coast. So glad we visited. Lots of places to eat on the little High Street below.
James R, Liverpool
We visited this castle on a cold and windy day but this just added to the charm of the castle, lots to see and a truly authentic castle well worth a visit.
A nice day out, plenty to see.
MushMan117, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Bamburgh Castle is a nice site to visit, lots of history as you go round and If the weather is nice the grounds stretch out from the main castle itself offering some spectacular views.
Set high, what an imposing castle this is veiwed from afar, such a landmark on the famous northumberland heritage coastline. Great rooms inside, so much history, collections of weaponry. So much to see, and some of the best views you will ever see from the battlements, towards holy island and beyond, and the farne islands. Nice on site cafe, for teas coffees and light snacks. Good museum of aviation artifacts from ww2 etc, also alongside the castle. A must place to go to in the area.
A must to visit
pamw398, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
This castle stands high on a hill above Bamburgh right on the edge of the sea and with a long sandy beach to enjoy . There has been some sort of fortification on the site for thousands of years but it now houses many artefacts from the 18th and 19th centuries and parts of the castle dating back to 14th century can still be seen . There is much to see in all the rooms and dungeon along with a nice tea shop and gift shop. Unfortunately one friend is wheelchair bound and was only able to see about 3or 4 rooms but there is a film in the Great Hall which can be watched showing the other parts of the castle . If you like castles this one is really impressive .