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
Charlittle, Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom
A beautiful location. It’s quite a walk to the castle through fields with sheep and cows. Probably best to visit on a dry day and not too windy as pretty exposed. Not great for people with mobility problems. The castle itself is quite atmospheric. Getting about the castle which is a ruin can be quite difficult as very steep twisty stairs. Not great if scared of heights!! Lots of walking round the castle grounds which have magnificent views. No toilets at the castle!!!!
Bigger than you think
PiggyMargaret, York, United Kingdom
We spent a couple of hours wandering round this dramatic feature of the Northumberland coast. Owned by English Heritage, it's costs about £7 entry (free to members) price in October 2018. If you are interested in castles and history, it's a nice little ruin to have a wander round and read the information boards. No café, no toilets, just a historic monument.
You need to walk to get there.
422iana, Dunedin, New Zealand
Walking from Craster past the castle and Embleton Bay. Were we had lunch and looked back at the castle. I have a picture from this side o the castle on the wall back in New Zealand taken from one of my friends. Did not go to the castle this time, but have in the past and it is a ruin, but well worth a visit. Always take warm clothes.
Perfect place for awe and imagination
Charles M, Devon, United Kingdom
Go visit, support the custodians and imagine how it would have been. It's amazing and dramatic and gives you a feeling of true history. I'm disabled and it's not so great to get round (for not so great read really difficult) but it's so worth the effort. Recommended for old and young alike. My favourite castle on Earth.
A Perfect Ruin
wjberry, Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom
Park up in Craster with its amenities. It is a little walk to the castle across the fields but it is pretty level and not strenuous. The castle is a ruin, but it is worth the walk. It is located in a stunning spot on the cliffs looking out across the sea, and is full of history. Well worth a visit.