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
Gentle walk and well worth it
Zoopeter, Minsterley, United Kingdom
Parked in the carpark just before you enter Craster. It is a 20 min walk from Craster, but you can see where you are going and it is easy going; sheep-cropped grass underfoot. The site is large, more massive ruined walls around a field than a castle but we enjoyed it greatly. Not much in the way of a shop - but they aren't on grid and staff walk to the site so they do well to have a shop at all. (Did notice a couple of portaloos behind the shop but they don't advertise any loos and there isn't anywhere to hide if you are caught short.)
Nursej9c, Cambridge, United Kingdom
You have to walk about 20 mins from either the car park at Dunstan Steads or from Craster village which has limited parking. The castle is ruined but it is a pretty ruin! It is perched on a lump of rock which forms a cliff at one end where sea birds nest. From inside the castle you can watch gills landing on their nest ledges right in front of you. Fascinating. If you are a member of English Heritage it is free but otherwise just over £5. Dog friendly which is amazing - my dog enjoyed climbing the steps up the towers. Great view from the top and if you walk to Craster there are a few nice places to eat, but ice cream or kippers!
It is a pity this place is manned by jobsworths.
It didn't help that it was raining and to get to this castle requires a walk of more than a mile. ( plus a mile back) My wife put on wet weather gear and left her bag in the car boot. We are both in our late 70s. Got to the entrance soaking wet and as I had my National Trust card I was allowed in ...but my wife did not have hers - it was in the boot. I was told that I could ring National Trust to get clearance for my wife to enter, but...you guessed it.. the phone was in the boot too. May I use your phone?..I'll pay for the call...NO. came the answer Not impressed by English Heritage staff. There were no other visitors there. I will not be joining English Heritage
patrician784, Birmingham, United Kingdom
What a place this is . We parked at the car park pay and display and then did a circular walk by crossing the road and following the public foot path for Dunstan Heughs this is NT to Dunstan Stead’s and turn onto the coast path you can see the castle. The alternative is to follow the signs and do a linear walk to the castle note you have to walk to get to castle. The castle is a fabulous ruin and you can appreciate what the castle must have been like in its time. Views from the top of the tower are excellent. Lots of nesting birds to be seen on the cliff at the castle. Staff in the shop were very friendly and welcoming and happy to tell you what flowers and birds etc could be seen by walking around the grounds. Take a picnic nice to sit and have lunch on a nice day I would definitely recommend a visit and would definitely return in the future.
Nothing more to say … too sublime
vogel421, Haringey, United Kingdom
I feel as if everything that can be written about Dunstanburgh has already been … what can I say? In a county spoilt for castles this is perhaps the quintessential seaside British castle. Approach it from the classic Craster side for the amazing open view along the rocky shore, or for some serious LOOMING at you from its crag, approach Dunstanburgh from the Embleton side along the beach and/or dunes. It’s great and you can philosophize about, or just photograph, the WWII pillbox with the castle behind it. Once you’re there - well, it’s great. Explore the whole site, check out the interpretive boards, look at the amazing views and observe and hear the birds. This month the hot news was that ravens have nested in the Lilburn Tower. A huge scrappy nest in a fireplace. Great! Please don’t neglect to climb to the very top of the keep. It’s only 67 steps so do give it a go if it’s even faintly possible for you. The views are just incredible. And, oh yes - no loos. You know how we say to kids “well you should have gone before we left?” Well that’s you, that is. Car park in Craster, golf club in Embleton, off you go.