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“ONE OF MY LEAST FAVOURITE ENGLISH CASTLES”
Review of Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle
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$61.50*
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Borders and Alnwick Castle Tour from Edinburgh
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Bamburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.Cafeteria with great, fresh food and wander around the battlements complete a great day out.
Reviewed April 3, 2013

As I say in my title, this is one of my least favourite castles - and I've visited most in England and Wales. For a military building, there's precious little to see and no access to the top of the keep (why not?). As a stately home, again, it's all pretty unexciting especially when compared with Alnwick and Cragside - even Lindisfarne is more interesting.

In one way, it reminds me of Leeds Castle in Kent: it looks far better from a distance.

If you're on a limited budget or only there for a short time, give it a miss. Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Cragside and Lindisfarne (to name but four) are far more rewarding.

To be fair, other people who have reviewed Bamburgh have clearly enjoyed their experience. However, too many have expressed concerns over the attitude of certain staff members.

4  Thank ferrocene
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Bamburgh_Castle, Manager at Bamburgh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Wow, a shouty review title in block capitals, you really didn't like us did you? I wonder what we did to upset you and why its taken seven months to post this opinion. Not sure about the last comment as out of 372 reviews I can only three negative comments about my staff and dozens of really good ones.
You can't get to the roof of the keep as it involves passing through someones home. As a military building it has a keep, inner and outer curtain walls, arrow slits, gun ports, crenelations, defensive doorways and gateways and oh yes cannons.
Don't really consider ourselves as a stately home that was what Lord Armstrong had Cragside for and yes Alnwick is amazing and well worth a visit.

Cheers

Chris

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Very busy, even on a cold and windy April day, but people generally spaced out away from each other due to the size of the castle. You can walk round the castle on a raised path giving you lovely views of Bamburgh on one side and views of the sea on the other. The state rooms inside the castle were very interesting with windows overlooking the area and china and armoury on display. There is a stunning ballroom and a dungeon. The tea room was very crowded but the scones were delicious. The price was average but worth the experience. There is a car park but it might be better to park in Bamburgh and walk up the hill path like we did.

Thank King02
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Bamburgh_Castle, Manager at Bamburgh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to write this, we appreciate all feedback. Just watch out with parking in Bamburgh it is is limited on street and the council car park is over double the cost of ours. Glad you liked the scones.

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Chris

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We visited here as two couples, and only came because of a half price deal. Otherwise the £9 entry each would have likely been too much for us.

We spent the whole day at the castle, and it was a gloriously sunny day.

The staff are attentive and knowledgeable and all have little stories to share. The castle is fascinating and the views outstanding.

Thank Corazie
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Bamburgh_Castle, Manager at Bamburgh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Mind you £9 for a whole days entertainment/education must be good value? I will pass on your nice feedback to the staff, thanks.

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Chris

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Went to Bamburgh castle again today second time we have been its a totally fascinating place and such beautiful castle to look at well worth a visit.My mum and dad went last year they heard piano playing thought to be due to the ghosts at the castle I didn't hear it was disappointed as I am obsessed with ghosts was trying too hard.Went to teas room lovely food well priced can't wait to go again

Thank Minniemouse_8
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Bamburgh_Castle, Manager at Bamburgh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Return visits are a great indication that we are getting it right. Thanks very much. Sorry to disappoint you that was probably my son or myself playing the piano up stairs! Although there are definitely ghosts here.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Only £9.95 to get in which is much cheaper than other castles in the area. Amazing state rooms. Fabulous views. Friendly staff. Lovely tea room with hom made cakes. Well worth a visit. Am so pleased we went

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Bamburgh_Castle, Manager at Bamburgh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Thanks for this much appreciated. Will pass on kind words to staff and cafeteria.

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Chris

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