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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Family Ticket - £11.40
EH Members and National Trust Members Free
Really lovely walk along the coast to reach Dunstanburgh Castle, please do bear in mind that this is the only way to reach Dunstanburgh and also there is no loo’s or tearooms at the castle. It is well worth the walk though, the castle itself is really interesting and the views are amazing. The staff that were on duty the day we visited were so friendly and very knowledgable about the castle which was great.
Steve M, Standish, United Kingdom
Not worth a visit.No parking.Not worth the extremely long walk.A very disappointing attraction especially as it is an English Heritage site
Bracing Walk To The Castle
Agathasmum, Frederick, Maryland
The castle is reached by a footpath across the headland from the village of Craster. It was an exhilarating blustery walk! The castle is a ruin. We paid to go inside, but really there wasn't much more to see than from the outside.
We were very lucky with the weather when we decided to walk from Craster to the castle. I thought we would be walking on a high cliff but no it wasn't. All ages were walking from mum's pushing pram to the older generation. It is about 1 1/4 miles there and the same back. Did have to go through a load of young bullocks who had congregated by the gate but they were mainly curious I think. Anyway not a problem. Had a quick look round the castle as we are members of English Heritage. The staff were pleasant and informative. Well worth a visit as it is a lovely walk.
A long walk from the car park, but worth it.
helensmith55, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
A fantastic ruin, lots of history and fantastic views over North Sea. Car park in Craster is free after 17.00 and it's a lovely walk through fields towards the imposing out line of the castle. The English Heritage staff when we visited were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Please be aware the nearest toilets are in the Tourist Info Centre just across the road from the car park.