Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle
NE69 7DF

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Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland's most iconic buildings.

The Bamburgh castle we see today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times. Lord Armstrong was also responsible for building Cragside House, Gardens & Estates.

But the castle boasts a much longer history. There have been settlements on the site since prehistoric times and the regular archaeological digs that take place on the site have unearthed some spectacular finds.

Excavations were started in the 1960s by Dr Brian Hope-Taylor, who discovered the gold plaque known as the Bamburgh Beast as well as the Bamburgh Sword.

During the summer you can see archeologists working on the site, and there is even the chance to get your hands dirty and see what you and your family can find.

During its more recent history, Bamburgh Castle feted royal guests and English kings, one of whom - Edward IV - destroyed it in the Wars of the Roses.

Lord Armstrong's restoration saved it from ruin and the castle provides an ancestral home to the Armstrong family to this day.

Bamburgh Castle has 14 public rooms and more than 2,000 artefacts, including arms and armour, porcelain, furniture and artwork.

We have onsite parking and disabled parking spaces (please speak to our car park attendant on arrival). 

Bamburgh Castle's epic scale attracts film and television crews and it has featured in everything from Time Team to Becket. It has recently become a popular wedding venue.

It won a bronze award in the 2008 North East Large Visitor Attraction Awards and a silver at the Green Business Scheme. And to prove it's universal appeal, the castle was recently a finalist in ITV1's Britain's Favourite View competition.

Bamburgh Castle is a venue for ...
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A right royal day out
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Ticketing and entry prices for Bamburgh Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
day ticket
Child 1
day ticket
Concession 1
day ticket
Family 1
day ticket

Dates & times for Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh

From To
Times between 11/02/2017 and 29/10/2017
Sun10:00 - 17:00
Mon10:00 - 17:00
Tue10:00 - 17:00
Wed10:00 - 17:00
Thu10:00 - 17:00
Fri10:00 - 17:00
Sat10:00 - 17:00

We are open weekends only during the winter 29th October 2017  -  9th February 2018.

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It's a Must!

Peter S,
A beautiful castle inside and out! Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, especially (being an Engineer) the museum dedicated to the Armstrong-Whitworth exhibits! The views, the exhibits, the grounds, the cafe and gift shop and even the dungeon! Well worth a visit, and St Aiden's beach 5 minutes away is a beautiful, flat, fine sand beach on which to rest after your visit! A lovely part of the North-East!

A Great Place to visit when in Bamburgh

IanR007, Washington, United Kingdom
The history of this Castle is unique, it goes back much further than I thought. Absolutely fabulous to visit for a great day out. Do the State Rooms, then take in the Café for a welcome break. The Museum a must, amazing what Lord Armstrong achieved without an Engineering background. Plenty to explore, great on a sunny day. Can even pick nick on the lawns.

A Good Day Out

David B, Doncaster, United Kingdom
A good day out at the castle.Informative guides available in all rooms.Paper hand book guide for£1.00 and audio guide £2.00.The aviation museum is well worth a visit.Wonderful views over the sea to the Farne Islands,were Grace Darling and her Father William rescued survivors from the ship wrecked SS Forfarshire in high seas. After visiting the castle just a small drive into the village a RNLI Museum {Free Entry} dedicated to Grace with visual displays of the lighthouse,and also the boat which Grace and her Father rowed to rescue the survivors.Across the road is the Grave of Grace, and near by her family grave.The church is also a peaceful place to visit.All in all a great day can be had at very little expense.

Only viewed from outside

James D, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Huge castle that dominates the skyline from the village and the beach. Didn't go in so this is only based on the view from outside which is spectacular. Worth while walking to the beach which can be reached just to the left of the castle as you look at it from across the park.

A real castle!

Visited this venue ( English Heritage ) but did not pay to park at the castle - free parking at base of the hill! A must for any visitor to Northumberland - the views around including the Farne Islands were spectacular. The castle itself contains many items of interest and the décor in the main hall is fantastic. Well worth a visit and recommended.



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