The Northeast Sights

Bamburgh Castle

  • Off B1340 Map It
  • Bamburgh
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's Review

You'll see Bamburgh Castle long before you reach it: a solid, weatherbeaten clifftop fortress that dominates the coastal view for miles around. A fortification of some kind has stood here since the 6th century, but the Norman castle was damaged during the 15th century and the central tower is all that remains intact. Much of the structure—the home of the Armstrong family since 1894—was restored during the 18th and 19th centuries. The interior is mostly late Victorian (most impressively, the Great Hall), although a few rooms, such as the small but alarmingly well-stocked armory, have a more authentically medieval feel. The breathtaking view across the North Sea is worth the trip; bring a picnic if the weather's good (or order to-go sandwiches at the café).

Sight Information

Address:

Off B1340, Bamburgh, NE69 7DF, England

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Phone:

01668-214515

Sight Details:

  • £10.50
  • Early Feb.–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–early Feb., weekends 11–4:30; last admission 1 hr before closing

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