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
This can be seen for miles . We went to visit it but unfortunately no dogs allowed and it was to warm a day to leave them in the car. But the walk around the castle you still got to see some lovely views of it. And the beach was excellent.
Just fascinating......and what a view
John1546, Hyde, United Kingdom
Right on the Coast. Short access from Car Park into a fascinating and interesting Castle. Good Room Experts and Plenty to interest anyone. The Outside buildings display parts of planes. and designed parts of various engines developed by Armstrong Siddeley,,connected to the owners of the Castle. It really is the best Castle I have been in.. Children seemed to love it and there are many places to sit and watch the sea and enjoy..
Mike J, Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
You may know that Bamburgh Castle is heavily renovated and this was not done with originality as a priority but in my opinion this does not detract from the castle but rather adds to it. Lord Armstrong spent £1m on renovations in the 19th century, a huge amount of money. He had many things altered and the grandeur of the castle and its grounds remain. Rather like Lincoln Cathedral its location is what makes it iconic standing as it does dominating all around it and when one ventures inside it does not disappoint and is a joy to walk around. the grounds house a very interesting museum about Lord Armstrong and his work which is well worth a visit particularly if you intend to visit Cragside his other home. The apartments inside are wonderful including the great hall which is Victorian and very grand and the working areas very interesting. I think the entrance fee is very reasonable and well worth it for the views alone.
Magnificent and Historic Castle
J0Gil, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
A truly magnificent castle perched high on a rock. The history of the castle goes back around 1200 years but it remains in truly magnificent condition having been previously restored. The castle sits high on a rock overlooking a wide beach and looking out to the Farne islands. Interiors are beatiful, probably on a par with nearby Alnwick castle, and with the history a great place to visit.
kathryn y, Manchester, United Kingdom
This is a Big castle! Allow around 2 and a half hours to see everything especially when the sun is out. The views are amazing on all sides. There is a museum and an art galley which sells reasonably priced prints. We bought 2. The castle interior is wonderful. No pressure to move along and interesting stuff in every room. There is a tea room selling light meals and splendid coffee. They cater for gluten free people too. Gf bread available and one cake choice. The car park at the bottom of the hill up to the castle is free but if you cannot walk far there is a small charge to use the one at the top. Great day out.