Dunstanburgh Castle

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The ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle tower over the Northumberland coastal line. It is an ideal family day out with a picnic area, fantastic views, and it is not far from the Scottish Borders.

The Castle was built on the most magnificent scale, and rivalled any castle of its day. The dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle stand on a remote headland, reached by a beautiful coastal walk from nearby Craster.

Visitors can explore the great gatehouse and the imposing Lilburn Tower, which commands stunning views north towards Bamburgh Castle. The magnificent sea views and unique location make this the perfect spot to escape from the stresses of modern life.

Dunstanburgh Castle is owned by The National Trust, and maintained and managed by English Heritage. Entry is free to National Trust members and English Heritage members. Parking is in Craster, from where it's a picturesque 1.5 mile coastal walk to the castle.

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Ticketing and entry prices for Dunstanburgh Castle

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per ticket
Concession 1
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Child 1
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Family Ticket - £11.40



EH Members and National Trust Members Free

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Dogs / pets allowed at Dunstanburgh Castle Historic sites Attraction Pet friendly
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Nastame, Harrogate, United Kingdom
This is a magnificent monument, best if approached along the coast from Low or High Newton. Close up it still retains some nice features, but one of the castles, like Bamburgh, which is at its best from the external view. Glorious in February's morning sun?

Lovely Afternoon

RobinWilliamson, The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
It was a cold January afternoon, we parked up nearby and made our way to the castle. The walk to the castle is so good, you walk along the coast with the castle ahead of you. The castle looks magnificent in the distance. As you approach it you realise just how big this castle was along with it’s grounds. Walking around the castle was great, some great view points for photos along with information to help you learn about it along the way. Really glad we decided to visit!


Robtt, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Walk from Craster . You could be 500years ago. If you have youngsters with you it will give them a taste of what it was like to travel before tarmac roads ! The Castle imposing and must have been awe inspiring when not a ruin.

Better than expected

Captain-slog10, Codnor, United Kingdom
We were amazed we could take our Cairn Terrier inside as other local castles do not allow dogs. From the outside all that can be seen are the two towers and main walls, much of it ruined, so I wasn't expecting much more. I am very pleased to say there are many more rooms to explore and it is possible to climb the main tower resulting in some fantastic views. Not suitable for people with mobility problems as thirteenth century stairs are very steep. But the atmosphere in and around the castle is amazing.

The best ruined castle in the world (bring change for car park)

Simonr1295, London, United Kingdom
We walked to Dunstanburgh along the beach from Low Newton by the sea. There is a free car park further away but we parked opposite lookout cottage (£2 all day all year round - cash only). It was a beautiful walk of about 2.5 miles each way along the besch with crashing surf and only one big stream to cross. The castle is the finest ruin in the world for me, perched on ragged cliffs right above the sea. It’s closed on weekdays at this time of year but still possible to get a good view from outside. Marvellous.



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