The ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle tower over the Northumberland coastal line. It is an ideal family day out with a picnic area, fantastic views, and it is not far from the Scottish Borders.
The Castle was built on the most magnificent scale, and rivalled any castle of its day. The dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle stand on a remote headland, reached by a beautiful coastal walk from nearby Craster.
Visitors can explore the great gatehouse and the imposing Lilburn Tower, which commands stunning views north towards Bamburgh Castle. The magnificent sea views and unique location make this the perfect spot to escape from the stresses of modern life.
Dunstanburgh Castle is owned by The National Trust, and maintained and managed by English Heritage. Entry is free to National Trust members and English Heritage members. Parking is in Craster, from where it's a picturesque 1.5 mile coastal walk to the castle.
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Family Ticket - £11.40
EH Members and National Trust Members Free
Walking in along the path from Craster gives you a very good view of the Castle. It's a flat path, so easy walking. The castle itself is an English Heritage site (though National Trust members also get free entry) The coastal paths give good views so you don't have to go in, but by going in you get to climb a couple of the towers and get stunning views over the coastline. There is a lot of castle to see, you could easily spend a few hours here.
Iconic castle, one of the best
David R, Royston, United Kingdom
We love this castle. The walk from Craster takes about forty minutes and you see the magnificent ruins emerging from the mist in the distance as you start, slowly getting nearer and nearer. With pounding sea surf next to you as you stroll along, this is a place full of atmosphere and delight. Just how did they manage to build such a place all those years ago?
Susanne L, Manchester, United Kingdom
Visited here for the umpteenth time. This castle is in an outstanding location and can be approached from Craster to the south or Embleton to the north (Embleton Bay is an extensive and beautiful beach). The walk from Craster is about 1 1/4 miles along low cliffs and undemanding, although the final approach is fairly steep. Dunstanburgh is a spectacular ruin, the gatehouse is interesting and the views from the site are impressive. Be aware that there are no public toilets although there is a small gift shop.
Yes it's a ruin, and yes it's not as pretty as Bamburgh, nor arguably as historically significant, but what this castle has is atmosphere. By the ton. You need to walk half a mile to get to it, and there's no real shelter from the elements, but the position and views are truly magnificent. The fact that it's more of an effort to get to makes it more worthwhile. Dogs welcome though need to be on lead from Craster as there are sheep in the fields.
KatM27, London, United Kingdom
It is impressive and in a lovely spot. Walk through fields to get there. It is a ruin. No museum/ exhibits just a few boards with some details on. What you would expect from a ruin! We are members of EH so did not need to pay. You do get to access spectacular views once inside that might not be possible from outside.