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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|Monday||31/10/2016||Friday||10/02/2017||11:00 - 16:30|
We are open weekends only during the winter 31st December 2016 - 10th February 2017.
Car parking available
Credit / debit cards accepted
SmokinChilli007, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nearly fell over at the admission desk with the entrance fee, but decided to go for it. Worth every penny, place is absolutely fantastic and well worth your time walking round as it's steeped in history. Keep up the good work.
Day trip to Bamburgh
On a very wet and windy day we visited Bamburgh and had a great time. Brilliant views of the castle as always and climbed to the entrance. Did not go in as the entrance fee is very expensive but the castle is well worth going to for a morning or afternoon.
Surprise Day out
GothamGirl81, Witham, United Kingdom
After being surprised by my boyfriend, he took me out to Bamburgh castle for the day. It was such a beautiful castle and what a sight to be seen. It really does have the wow factor from all angles. The staff are all extremely friendly and will explain each room, each piece of art, decor or even the medals in the kings hall. What a room, wow. That roof is immense, it's a must see. Such a great day be it as a couple or with all the family no matter what time of year. It's amazing. Rounded off nicely in the tea room 👌🏻 perfect.
Historians would love it
Hannah G, Rotherham, United Kingdom
It wasn't my cup of tea but at the end of the day it is a taste of local culture I guess . But given the choice I would not return to it but I would not recommend it to people who are not fans of history or don't think much of the past , I think historians would love it though ( it wasn't in 2016 it was much more earlier than that on a school trip and I didn't enjoy it At all )
stunning --inside and out
ashley465, Manchester, United Kingdom
We walked from Seahouses to the castle and back-the castle we thought would be a ruin-but inside had so many rooms that were so interesting. Part lived in til recently. Would need 2 hours minimum to view properly. Good for children too with suits of armour,weapons of all sorts, kitchens and all sorts of living areas.