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.
Due to a major filming commitment, we will be closed from Wednesday 14th September until Monday 19th September 2016. Reopening on the 20th September 2016.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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|Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh(Group Attraction)|
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|Times between 11/02/2017 and 29/10/2017|
We are open weekends only during the winter 29th October 2017 - 9th February 2018.
Car parking available
Credit / debit cards accepted
Debbie n n, Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
Really not visit, would recommend to most. The entire family enjoyed our visit and will no doubt be back.
Wonderful castle....shame about the gratuitous dungeon scene
lydiabowyer, London, United Kingdom
What a wonderful castle! Stunning setting, pleasant café……………..What a shame that I’m left with a bitter taste after stumbling into the so-called ‘dungeon’. Without any warning, you will be confronted with a gratuitous ‘London Dungeons’ style scene, with life-like figures posed in positions of violence, pain and torture. My complaint to the Director and subsequent emails have led to no significant change towards my request: that this scene, whilst appealing to some, will be repulsive to many others, and that people should be adequately warned so they can make an informed decision about entering or avoiding this horrific room – especially with children.
Wonderful castle,views,tearoom and shop
clare c, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Had great visit here, it's lovely castle, so imposing as you approach. Don't usually do castles, but really enjoyed this visit. Simple guidebook for £1 was good value for money on arrival and a lovely book for £6.95 was available from the shop. Tea rooms sell good quality and quantity food. Views of beach from grounds are amazing, and we had a walk on the beach via the dunes when we left. Would definitely recommend.
Stunning location and history
Wow what a structure andy location! Stunning on a sunny day! Good value too as £26 entrance for a family of four! House inside was full of interesting pictures and artifacts! Well worth a visit and stroll along the beach to view from afar!
Historic Castle with stunning views
Roger B, Bradford, United Kingdom
Very impressed with the castle. Lots of history to take in and stunning views overlooking a sandy open beach. Nice little village too.