Dunstanburgh Castle

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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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Ticketing and entry prices for Dunstanburgh Castle

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per ticket
Concession 1
per ticket
Child 1
per ticket

Family Ticket - £11.40



EH Members and National Trust Members Free

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Glorious ruin

Mark B,
Walked the coastal route from Crasters. Stunning scenery and sea views. It was a very sunny day. Castle is an impressive ruin with good information boards. Climb to the top was worth it for the views. Highly recommend a visit

A visit here works well on several levels

lawdylawdy, Lincoln, United Kingdom
We're staying in Alnwick so the first level a visit here works on is the very pleasant and scenic drive through the Northumbrian countryside to park at Dunstan Steads for access to the footpath along the dunes and golf course to the castle. It's about a mile and a half's walk there and back, and because it's rocky in places, wearing a sensible pair of walking shoes or boots is recommended. Lovely views, though, especially over the coastline northwards (which is to say, don't forget to look back over your shoulder as you head towards the Castle). The castle itself is interesting and worth the walk. There's not a whole lot left but it gives a clear impression of how intimidating it must have looked in its prime to anyone approaching from the sea. Good to climb up the spiral staircase to the top of one of the remaining towers and enjoy the view. Finally, the walk back to your car and the drive back to Alnwick. And then maybe off to the pub for a restorative pint or two. As I said, works on several levels. Great thing to do.

Fantastic Ruined Castle

Nicola H, Nottingham
A fantastic ruined Castle with amazing views of the Northumberland coastline. Great place to explore and take some stunning photos. Great value for money at only £5.00 and free for both National Trust and English Heritage members. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Stunning location

simonpaul1956, Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
Amazing place overlooking the North Sea. Beautiful walk of over a mile to get to tjhe castle. Well worth a visit.

Stunning place

paddy1232017, Ipswich, United Kingdom
One of the national papers did an article on the best walks in the UK one of which was Craster to Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast passing the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle so as I was on holiday in the area it was a must do.I walked from Low Newton a distance I would guess of about two miles. The ruins of the castle sit on top of a low cliff and it has an air of mystery and romance as you approach it along the beautiful beach.The views from the castle are stunning and the area is a joy for birdwatchers. The walk from the Craster direction is shorter and easier but whichever way you chose there is a car park and welcoming pub and most important - don't forget the camera!



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