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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Amazing castle in every way
hhm501, Wellington, United Kingdom
We have visited many castles up and down the country and this must surely top the list for its truly stunning setting. There is lots to see and there is an archeological dig currently revealing more of the castle's fascinating history
A beautiful castle in a fantastic location overlooking a huge sandy beach. I would give it five stars if it were less expensive as although it is impressive you only have access to a bit of the castle and I would've liked to see more. The tearoom was nice and reasonably priced. The best part is definitely the views but you could get almost the same views from the top of the dunes for free.......
Worth a visit
Very imposing castle as you approach, on an amazing site with great views down the coast and across the sand dunes. The castle grounds and buildings are very good but a lot is not open to public and the interior as others have mentioned is a bit hit and miss with displays and again much is not open. A good cafe in fact more than one but very busy as this is such a popular destination. Downside, very long queues to get entrance tickets that took for ages, one person at the till ! and with the car park is a separate charge, not cheap, still worth a visit though.
Majestic looking castle.
Approaching this gigantic castle, it was then disappointing to view the interior, that appeared to be a small percentage you were viewing. The items seems a mish mash with no particular theme, which would have helped in making it more appealing. Tearoom was excellent. Gift shop pricey and with limited stock. Too far to walk onto beach or into Bamburgh from where the castle is.
Plenty of interest
Christine C, Hitchin, United Kingdom
There was so much here that was interesting. Take the audio sets so that you get information about every room. We enjoyed the museum and had a good meal in the restaurant. The views from outside are spectacular.