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“Invigorating walk, excellent views from the top” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle
Alnwick | Craster, Alnwick NE66 3TT, England
+44 1665 576231
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Alnwick
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Otley, United Kingdom
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“Invigorating walk, excellent views from the top”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

You need to be feeling up for a walk to get to Dunstanburgh, but on a fine, bright day the mile and a bit walk along a pleasant coastal path is bracing. The path is on a slight incline, but would not say it is hilly. I would recommend sensible footwear!

We accessed it from Craster. We parked in the Pay and Display car park on the approach to the village. The cost was nominal and it would appear that there is limited parking elsewhere. Spare a thought for the locals and use the Pay and Display!

The castle is owned by the National Trust and managed by English Heritage. It is a ruin - there is one staircase and the views from the top of the tower were amazing. I don't know if I would pay specifically to go in, we went because we are NT members. You can get close to the site without having to pay the entrance fee.

It offers some fantastic photo opportunities. There are no 'rest rooms' at the Castle. There is a small shop, with soft drinks and the usual merchandising. So whilst I wouldn't recommend making a special trip there, I would recommend it if you are in the area, it's a dry and bright day and you're a member of either the National Trust or English Heritage.

Visited September 2011
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“A ruined clifftop castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

The castle is a mile and a quarter walk along the coastal path from the nearby village.
The castle is an interesting ruin with a nice view of Embleton beach. While we were visiting the RAF were carrying out helicopter training excercises which provided some surreal pictures. A very enjoyable day but would recommend visiting in good weather.

Visited August 2011
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“Windswept trip back in time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

We visited Dunstanburgh, as part of a holiday up in the area. A lovely (and easy) walk along the beach top led us to one of the many gems dotted along this part of the English Coast.
Very interesting and a great photographic opportunity.

Visited April 2011
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“Got to walk to get there, but worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

You have to appreciate castle ruins and their history before you start. If you don't really care about those things, it might take too much effort to reach this castle. You have to walk down a path for at least a mile (my guess) before you reach the ruins. When you get there, the views are impressive and the North Sea spreads out before you. Lovely fields surround you as you make the trek with sheep dotting the hillside. It is a beautiful area and we enjoyed exploring the landscape as we approached the ruins. Once at the castle, you will find a very decayed castle site, though several towers still exist and you can climb about the structure and walk beside the castle walls. We found this visit to be relaxing and nice, and just wanted to sit and gaze out at the water and daydream. The castle was constructed in 1313 by Earl Thomas of Lancaster. This castle was the scene of fierce fighting during the War of the Roses.

Visited July 2011
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“It's not worth the walk, and certainly not the entrance fee”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

Don't get me wrong the walk is long, but easy, and the view of the castle looming ahead is magnificent. It gets you all excited for the castle, but it goes downhill when you get in and realise you are left with hardly any explanatory boards. I have been to other ruins that have free entry and are better presented.

Visited April 2011
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