Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The King of Castles, a fortification has dominated this site since Anglo-Saxon times when it was the capital of the kingdom of Northumbria. The current structure with Keep, curtain walls, towers and ramparts dates from the 1500's to the Victorian restructuring of Lord Armstrong. There are fourteen rooms open to the public including the spectacular Kings Hall, with over 3000 items of artwork, furniture, china and porcelain. The separate Armstrong and Aviation Artifacts museum gives visitors a glimpse into the creativity and industrial genius of Lord Armstrong, with a look at the aviation legacy created by his company after his death. The cafeteria serves great, fresh food and then a wander around the battlements completes a great day out.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Garyhooch
    Hednesford, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Excellent castle and beautifully maintained. Wonderful staff. Friendly and helpful, especially Tom, Paul, and the gent working on the lower car park whose name I didn't get. Well worth the entrance fee when you see the restoration work. Thank you.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Mary Walton
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Bamburgh
    We were afraid we’d be disappointed as we’d wanted to visit for so long, but it was a fabulous visit, helped by amazing weather. So scenically situated, just the views are worth the climb and entry fee, but the state apartments are wonderful. It’s all so visitor friendly, with cheery, knowledgeable staff. We loved the introductory video, and enjoyed the food in the cafeteria …though no decaf coffee in the kiosk?! Plenty of places to sit m admire the view, play games, or explore the rich history. Many thanks 😊
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • GobiBear
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extra Worthwhile in 2023
    Bamburgh is a castle in a spectacular natural setting, on a cliff overlooking the North Sea. In 2023, fans of the Last Kingdom TV series are especially encouraged to visit to see the current exhibit on props and costumes from the show. We skipped most of the stately rooms but still found plenty to see for a multi-hour visit (since the castle grounds and medieval keep were both very cool). The tearoom was also fantastic with stellar tea service, exemplary handling of a dairy allergy, and tasty dishes.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • soloflyer2018
    Brisbane, Australia185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The amazing Bamburgh!
    Wow.. This Castle was on my, "bucket list" and I was not disappointed.. I had watched the TV Series The Last Kingdom and the story of Uchtred and loved it and so it stood up to all of my expectations. It is massively impressive when you first sight it overlooking the sea and the village of Bamburgh. The Keep is the original part of the Castle. There is even a Dungeon!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 20, 2023
  • carole f
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly amazing journey through time
    We visited Bamburgh after visiting Lindisfarne and Holy Island. We finished our tour in York. The castle was the highlight of our trip, thoroughly enjoyed immersing ourselves in its history and of course its connection with The Last Kingdom. We were lucky to join a guided tour which was a fascinating journey through the story of the castle and surrounding area. Our guide, Paul, was outstanding, you could tell he really enjoyed talking to us, answering our questions, he really brought it alive, well done.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • julia m
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    “Destiny is all” tour - great!
    This review is for the new “Destiny is all” tour based on the Netflix series Last Kingdom that they now do at the castle. If you are a fan of the series, you will enjoy it. Very informative and fun. The guide is lovely and passionate. Really recommend (if you like the series)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Phill M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super, greta value, amazing castle
    Absolutely brilliant day out. Possibly the top castle attraction in the UK. Absolutely wonderful, knowledgable and helpful staff. A beautiful castle with a huge story brought to life throughout. It's clear the current owner / keeper Lord Armstrong loves the castle and loves people looking round it. Scenery is stunning. Food, drink and enry prices seemed low - tickets would be good value at twice the price! Loved the Last Kingdom exhibition too. Kids well catered for but perhaps there could be a dress up area (if there is, apologies, we didn't find it!) Aviation museum likely to cater for the very inerested only? Absolutely stunning castle and I highly recommend this as a day out for couples, first dates, families, historians or people in general!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • John M
    Monmouth, United Kingdom435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular castle with fabulous seaside setting.
    Friday 23rd June 2023: Family of 3 (ages 28 to 68). What a spectacular sight...and site! The castle itself is huge and so imposing sitting as it does above the village and with commanding views out to sea. It's worth wandering around the State rooms; the first couple are a little underwhelming, but then things quickly move up a gear. The Last Kingdom section (one room) is worth seeing if you are a fan of the Netflix series (or Bernard Cornwall's books). It's also worth a stroll down to the vast beach which seems to stretch for miles with hardly a soul on it when we were there. I would certainly recommend a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Jen
    Rotherham, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, just wow!
    Even just driving in to Bamburgh you can't help but be amazed at the sight of the castle. Up close...well you're just blown away by the sheer size of the place! And then you go into the state rooms and just lose yourself in the grandeur of the place! Glad to be able to visit while the Destiny is All exhibition is there....even more glad that you're allowed to take photos unlike other castles in the area! Stunning views from the castle walls and if you drive a bit further up the coast road you can get some amazing shots of the castle from the beach without the car park in view!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Brian L
    Cambridge, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Castle accessible to all
    We visited the castle early July 2023. The weather was sunny and very windy. As a blue badge holder we were able to park closer to the castle entrance and we caught the buggy to the entrance to the state rooms thus avoiding distance walking and inclines. Without exception all staff were extremely welcoming and helpful making my visit as a disabled person an enjoyable experience. The views from the castle walls were exceptional and there were plenty of visual displays with commentaries which made the visit very worthwhile. We would definitely go again.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
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goeco
Edinburgh, UK91 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
It’s great that dogs are allowed in the outdoor spaces within the castle plus the aviation museum. The staff were delightful and very helpful and friendly. There are fabulous views all along the coastline from the ramparts. It was disappointing though, to find that the Tack Room Cafe which is the dog friendly refreshments space, had no catering facilities and was really just a sheltered seating area. If only there had even been a coffee cart there. It’s impossible for a person visiting alone with their dog to go into the main cafe to buy some refreshments then take them to the Tack Room area as dogs can’t be taken into the main cafe. Given the lack of catering facilities for a single visitor with a dog and the fact that they can’t be taken inside most of the actual castle rooms, I would say that the £11.75 admission charge is too steep and I would hesitate to suggest the castle as a value for money destination for dog owners.
Written March 8, 2020
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Hello there, Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Bamburgh Castle. We do take constructive criticism seriously and appreciate feedback greatly, this way we can take measures to address a way in which we can strengthen the visitor experience for all. This has been the first full season of being dog friendly, which has proved extremely popular already having over 5,000 dogs on site. We were keen to see how the winter season went without having the tack room open (seasonal opening) . It has been clear that being able to take anything out of the tea room and consume in the Victorian stables didn't work as well as we thought so we will look at this and fix the little issue ready for next winter. I hope this clears your comments up. If you would like to discuss further please drop me an email will@bamburghcastle.com Thanks Will
Written March 24, 2020
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Josh M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Today (11/08/2020) my family and I visited Bamburgh Castle. It was brilliant! The castle, the view, what more can you want? I can totally understand why so many people love this place. Their Covid measures are sensible and really make you feel safe while not intruding on your trip more than absolutely necessary. The staff are knowledgeable and very helpful and the parking is very well managed and cheap. A specific mention must be made of Grunal Moneta, the coin striking reenactment stalls. Dave is captivating and very knowledgeable, you can even strike your own coin for as little at £1.50?! A bargain, let alone what you learn as well. Do not miss him. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be coming again!
Written August 11, 2020
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PandPBlackpool
Blackpool, UK322 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Visited last week during a tour of Northumberland. A stunning castle that is the location of the Bernard Cornwell "Last Kingdom" books and the new Indiana Jones film (Harrison Ford was there a couple of weeks ago). We decided to go into the castle and grounds on a whim and we were blown away (figuratively and literally) by the place. It was very cold with a North Sea wind. It was, however, fascinating. The grounds held some artefacts and recalled historical living quarters. We decided, since it was unlikely that we would return anytime soon, that we would queue to enter the castle. In one way this was a mistake. Because of restrictions, patrons are only allowed an hour to view the contents of the interior of the castle. This means that people who are interested in the history and wish to look at the exhibits do not have enough time to do so without holding up the queue of people behind. Such a shame we didn't get chance to view things properly. In addition, after queuing outside for half an hour in very cold, windy weather, the doorman asked me to move aside to allow a party of schoolchildren into the castle. I refused, informing him that the lady who was in charge of the schoolchildren had been queuing behind us. He grudgingly allowed us to enter first but, once the schoolchildren had entered, they wandered about with no social distancing and, because they had a guide explaining everything to them, this resulted in even further delays for the people waiting outside. I do not think that parties of schoolchildren should be allowed into the castle until all COVID restrictions have been lifted. I fully support the need for our children to learn about the history of our land but they should also learn about the need to queue for some things. But for this I may possibly have rated this experience a 5.
Written June 22, 2021
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John F
Newark-on-Trent, UK632 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
The castle looms above Bamburgh, and the coastline. If you’re staying in the area it is a must see. Privately owned, and part occupied, it presents a well organised tour. You can park at the bottom and walk up, or in the carpark at the top of the hill.
There is a one-way system around the castle grounds, observed by most visitors, and much to see, either from the battlements, or in the various outbuildings, including a museum based on the industrial family history of the present owners.
Inside the castle, many rooms are open, filled with furniture and artefacts, together with some informative notices. A shop of course, and also a cafe.
A useful castle handbook is on sale, but as always with these things, you could do with reading it beforehand.
A very enjoyable outing.
Written October 25, 2020
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Jade2102
Lancaster, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Bamburgh and its castle are stunning. There are plenty of places to park but due to the bad weather we opted for the castle itself and it cost £3 for all day parking.

The castle and grounds are lovely and so well cared for by the owners. It is so worth a visit, and there is so much history within the walls and lots of family memorabilia too which I thought was lovely. The view of the beach, Holy Island and the Farne Islands are amazing.
Written October 21, 2020
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Good Afternoon Jade2102, Thank you very much for not only visiting us but also having such kind words to say following your visit. Thanks Will
Written October 22, 2020
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Gary C
Preston, UK181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Is there a British castle in a more spectacular location...probably not! Even on a wild windy rainy day Bamburgh is a marvellous place to visit. Give yourselves 2 to 3 hours to truly appreciate all the castle has to offer. I’d recommend booking online for the admission & car park and arriving just before it opens at 10am. You’ll enter quickly and then head straight for the staterooms to get ahead of the crowds. A must visit is the clock tower tea room...fruit scone highly recommended. Lots to explore and great views towards Lindisfarne to the north & Craster/Dunstanborough to the south.
Written October 2, 2020
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doofvfood (with botak ahjussi)
World5,837 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Have been looking forward to seeing Bamburgh Castle for some time as have seen really nice pictures of the stunning setting on the coast. Was really pleased it was reopening on 6 July around the time we were planning a visit. Worth paying for carpark at the castle as it's for all day at £3 which was good value. We went early and had a walk on the beach and also did that after visiting the castle. There was press coverage at the reopening and photographers taking pictures but no clear information about how people's data would be used and what to do if we didn't want to be filmed or photographed which could have been handled better. We got there before 10 am so there was already a queue of people waiting to get in. Staff have done a good job of implementing a one way system & most people stuck to it, so it was good. The layout of the castle is reminiscent of Edinburgh castle & there are nice views to the beach & sea. There was a bit of a queue to the state rooms but it wasn't a long wait. The interior of the castle didn't interest me as much as the exterior views & location of the castle but I did like the keep & kitchen. Bamburgh Castle is probably one of the most beautifully sited castles we have visited & it's definitely worth visiting. While entry is pretty pricey it's still worth travelling there to have a look round the castle - the beach is great for social distancing!! There is also a mound next to the castle with a bench sponsored by Kingsmill - voted one of the best lunch views in the UK! A really nice view of the castle, so worth the short climb up.
Written July 13, 2020
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Good Afternoon doofvfood, Thanks very much for visiting us and sharing your experience. Its lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit on our first day of re-opening following our 3 month closure. I'm really sorry about the press part, i think we all got carried away with the excitement of being able to welcome guests again and I'm sure you can imagine we were all not only on cloud 9 but but also there was a little bit of pressure on us to ensure everywhere was good to go. Definitely a learning curve for us. Thanks again for your nice words. Will
Written July 18, 2020
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AnnabelRudd
Shepreth, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
This is a great half day out to really get into Northumberland's history and enjoy the stunning scenery from the castle grounds.
The castle itself is imposing: set into the cliff tops looking out towards Lindisfarne and it's obvious it was built to defend this part of the coast from invaders. Booking essential in the time of COVID and the managers have obviously worked hard to make the castles interior safe for visitors.
The teenage boys particularly enjoyed the armoury with its impressive collection of swords, muskets and other gruesome weapons but there was something for everyone here and the family who live own and manage the castle have left a personal stamp on it which is really touching.
Written October 28, 2020
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Hi AnnabelRudd, Absolutely lovely review, thank you very much indeed!!! Feedback like this really means alot to our team here. Thanks again Will
Written October 31, 2020
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Andrea_Watson76
Marple, UK561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
After seeing Bamburgh Castle on Countryfile I really wanted to go, so we booked for 29th August. My mum uses a wheelchair so we had to email and reserve the tickets and they put you in the diary, and you pay for them on arrival.

Disabled guests are at a slightly cheaper rate and Carer’s go free. Parking is £3 and as my mum uses a wheelchair you don’t park in the main carpark as it would be too hard to push the wheelchair up the hill, instead you get to drive into the castle grounds which was nice and was much easier to manoeuvre the wheelchair.

When I went to collect the tickets I was told to take a pencil and write my name and number down for track and trace. I went to give the lady the pencil back after I wrote my details down but she didn’t want the pencil back because I had “touched it”. Although she was more than happy to take the paper off me that I’d wrote my details on, that I had also “touched”. They need to be more consistent with the covid measures.

The castle was absolutely stunning and so were the views. The staff were great and was really knowledgeable as well.

It was extremely windy too and was great watching the sea in the windy weather.

We was there about 3 hours in total and we really enjoyed it.
Written August 30, 2020
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Lorraine S
Newport Pagnell, UK90 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Arrived in Northumberland on the Friday, got bearings on Saturday, tried to vist Bamburgh Castle on Sunday - no tickets available at the Castle without a significant and unpredictable wait, we were advised to book online for later in the week.

We returned to our accommodation an hour away, and tried to book. The next tickets available were Thursday (we go home on Friday), tried to book 4 tickets (myself, partner, 17 and 14 yr old children) normally we would have purchased a family ticket, but these are currently not available.

My booking was declined because there was only 1 (as in one person) ticket left for Thursday, meaning only one of us could visit. The alternative was to return to Bamburgh and try and get a ticket at the gate again; and if not successful, another wasted trip.

How disappointing, Bamburgh castle was top of our list when visiting Northumberland. And living nearly 300 miles away it's not somewhere we can just plan for another time.

If you want to visit this attraction, plan you visit well in advance, as in before you're even in the area, and book well ahead. Absolutely gutted; really poor experience.
Written August 8, 2021
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