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
Lovely walk & views
JannyMay, Lancashire, United Kingdom
We parked at Craster and walked the mile and a half to the castle. The walk is easy going with tremendous sea views. It was a lovely warm sunny day and it is a very enjoyable short walk. We didn't go in the castle, which is basically a ruin, as for us the main event is the walk. After the walk back to Craster, we had crab sandwiches at the Jolly Fisherman and bought kippers from the Smoke House.
In torrential rain & heavy sea mist, we toiled along a slippery footpath, trying to dodge both golf balls & a variety of animal excrement. On arrival we were greeted by a sign advising no toilets at the castle, much to the discomfort of my wife, who was desperate for the loo. However, wait, is that a Tardis I see before me? No it's two portaloos! Our trek was not in vain! No views as it was too misty. The two young women in the shop were cheerful & humorous as you would need a sense of humour working in that old ruin!
One of my favourite short walks
791IanW, Stourbridge, United Kingdom
I just love this place! Nice gentle stroll along the Northumberland Coast. Spectacular views. Followed by refreshments in one of Craster's great hostelries! Hard to beat.
Worth the walk but take a pact lunch or eat befor going to craster as it a long walk and there is not much selection in craster
One of my favorite castles
Zorah G, Houston, Texas
I visit this site every year and always enjoy a picnic on the grounds. The location can’t be beat, and the history of it is fun. I was impressed the first time I visited as to how much remains of the castle and how much can still be climbed and explored. I honestly had expected a pile of rocks to be viewed from afar. The donjon is still enough intact that you can walk up the stairs for stunning views and even walk from tower to tower along the remaining second floor. Yes, it is a ruin, but it is amazing how much of it remains. There is a shop with souvenirs and drinks when you arrive (which was another surprise when I visited, as I hadn’t expected a shop!). Along the grounds, you’ll find a bench or two to rest after the long walk. There are multiple access points to the castle, ranging from Craster, the Dunstanburgh Golf Course, and the Dunstan Steads. The castle can even be accessed from Embleton Bay if you want to visit the beach first. Each walk is a little longer or shorter, depending on how far you want to walk and what you want to see along the way. I have accessed the castle from all points and recommend coming at it from the golf course. There is parking at the clubhouse and a wonderful meal you can eat at the clubhouse or takeaway for a picnic. (If you decide to park at the clubhouse, do please have a meal because not only is the food good and the staff friendly, but you want to be considerate not to steal parking from clubhouse patrons.) Beach access is also just off the clubhouse if you’d like to hit the beach before or after the castle. If you’re hoping for something with finished rooms, furniture, and tour guides, then I’m not sure why you’re visiting ruins. For those who love historical sites like this where you get an unaltered view of history, it’s a must see. It is my favorite castle ruin site to visit. Come to see the ruins and the views, and to be part of history.