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 is a great castle. The views from the castle are wonderful. With a glorious Sandy beach surrounding this castle you can imagine it in its day. The castle has a lot to see. We were lucky to be there on a very quiet day so was lovely to just wander round at our own pace. A must visit for north Northumberland.
Good views from the battlements over the Farne Islands
lasder99, London, United Kingdom
Inside, your typical old house/hall so good if you like that sort of thing. Very photogenic both the castle and views from it of the Farnes and the Village below.
Certainly the King of Castles
2allane, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Visited on a cold but clear day. Amazing history to the castle with plenty of art and historic artefacts to view. Staff very well informed and extremely helpful. The views from the battlements are fantastic with the Farne Islands and Holy Island well in view. You can see this castle from miles away and when you get up close it is really impressive. The history of the Armstrong family is particularly interesting
Seeing this castle up close is like going back in time hundreds of years. The drive along the coastline that leads to/from the castle is also unbelievable.
Kayt_H464, Glasgow, United Kingdom
One of my favourite castles to explore. Well laid out with stacks of useful information and guides on hand. Grounds are lovely with the wonderful beach right in front