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.
|Bamburgh Castle is a venue for ...|
|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
Spectacular location by the sea.
Mabel H, Melton Mowbray, England, United Kingdom
The spectacular location of this castle right by the sea begins to say it all. Very imposing castle with a long history stretching back almost 900 years, but greatly modernised in the Victorian era when rescued by a local businessman. Visited on a very cold, wet and windy day, but within the building it was pleasantly warm. Several areas attractive to children, with a dungeon, armoury and cannons. Also a printed quiz. Warm cafeteria. A very enjoyable visit.
0312tracy, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
If you are in the area you MUST visit this site. It is quite a spectacular view from the approach roads to Bamburgh village itself and from the beach. The castle was not open to the public as we visited out of season (Feb) but it was still worth a visit. We walked around the castle boundary then took the Victorian footpath to the beach...which is huge! Gorgeous soft silvery sand and when you look back up towards the land and see this castle, it is truly breath taking. Make sure you have a camera :-)
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dianehilton38, London, United Kingdom
that is guides who love the castle and its history - English history in a nutshell - the philanthropy of the owners and the fighting with their neighbour Scotland is all there in the great room. Views take your breath away - along with the bright sky and hardy wind! A must visit for this coast
Northumberland is such a dog friendly place yet such a popular attraction doesn't allow dogs???? Can understand why they wouldn't be allowed inside the castle but not around the outside. Such a shame as most people I know that visit Northumberland take their dog but some attractions are not accomodating.
jsiddique1066, Marston Moretaine, United Kingdom
This imposing castle is a must do visit. Very informative visit full of interesting historical information. Staff very informative and offer information on hand. The views are amazing. We will definitely be returning to stay in the holiday rental in this enviable position with the most amazing views.