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
Yorkshiregirl29, East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Bamburgh Castle stands on top of the hill overlooking the village & beach. We parked in car park opposite which is free, if you park at the top it's £2 all day. We visited with our HHA cards, entrance otherwise is just over £10. I have to say it's better value than visiting other local attractions operated by NT & English Heritage! There is lots of history and plenty to explore including the state rooms with the route round clearly signed. Well worth a visit.
Fantastic Castle and beach
The Castle stands on the top of the hill over looking the beach and across to Lindisfarne. Little of the original castle remains but sucessive generations have added their own contributions. Its still a family home so the accumulation of furniture, paintings, clocks, photographs and armour give the feeling that it is still alive. There is a small museum devoted to the planes of World War 2 and an art exhibition. The views from the castle are spectacular. The car park is good value for a whole day ticket.
Fairytale castle dominating the sand dunes - the stuff dreams are made of
Lynda F, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
We managed to arrive early and were able to park in the road. We stared up at the castle in wonderment, then began the reasonably easy climb around and up into the castle's fortified battlements and green. The castle building itself was just how I'd imagined it, lots of atmosphere, paintings, treasures, colours and textiles. It was very interesting to hear about the Armstrong connection to armaments and aviation, and to hear that the family still live and farm nearby. The armoury had a particularly good collection of implements of death - gosh, did we really use such things?! We bought a few things from the well-stocked gift shop. I'm so glad we went, but not sure whether we would visit it again.
Well presented tour of castle in excellent condition
Michael B, Bury, United Kingdom
You could spend all day here if you are determined! There is much to see, read and do. The interior is beautifully kept and the tour clearly directed with pointers and explanations everywhere. I also noted the extensive use of good quality, bright, LED lighting (although not on delicate items like paintings and tapestries). Views from the site are stunning and there is a lovely large beach. There is a parking area up a ramp and close to the entrance, costing £2. However there is a large free car park near to the foot of the castle, complete with designated spaces for large vehicles like motorhomes.
Uninspirin g poor value for money
PJHayward, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
As other reviews have said, walk on the beach and admire the views of the castle (as they are stunning) as this is as good as it gets. Inside , in my opinion, Bamburgh Castle lacks charm, character and a considerable quantity of authenticity. The entrance fee is steep and really not worth it. For impressive state rooms visit Alnwick, for dramatic scenery and imagination walk to Dunstonburgh, or walk the beach here. Save your money on the entrance fee, you will be glad you did. Really quite poor uninspiring and unimaginatively maintained.