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
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.
freqworld_traveller, Cambridge, United Kingdom
There is a decent length walk to reach the Castle entrance. It accepts both English Heritage and National Trust membership to enter. You are able to climb to the top of a tower which gives a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. I suggest to take a picnic along, then enjoy the views.
Beautiful castle, with amazing views
mbetowler, Wakefield, United Kingdom
This is a very well looked after castle, with fantastic staff working in the main office. We spent a nice half an hour walking along to the castle, before exploring the grounds and climbing to the top to get an amazing view. We really enjoyed our visit and would definitely suggest this to others.
Fabulous views, walk, history and castle
Steve S, County Durham, United Kingdom
Been here before, both as part of a walk and whilst playing golf at the golf course close to the Castle, but the first time we have visited the grounds of the Castle. We parked in Craster and walked along the coastal path to the Castle, a very pleasant walk, not too difficult. The Castle is an English Heritage site, but with free access for National Trust members as we are, so decided to visit the castle site. Very friendly sit, amazing history of the castle, spectacular views across the sea and surrounding land, even managed a cup of coffee....but no public toilet facilities. Such a pleasant way to enjoy a nice November Sunday afternoon, not too busy and very inexpensive. Craster is also a magical place, so a bonus to a lovely day.
Lovely walk to the castle offering fantastic views as you approach. The castle itself offers great views up and down the coast from the towers but beware there are no toilets at the castle and drinks are from a machine in the shop rather than a cafe.