This seat of the former Kings of Northumbria tells a spellbinding tale from its awe-inspiring position on the edge of Northumberland’s coast.
Bamburgh Castle is one of England’s most iconic landmarks. It dominates a wild stretch of northeast England’s coastline, towering above grass-covered sand dunes. Just as dramatic is the view you will see from inside the castle walls, along the beach and out to the Farne Islands, home to puffins and grey seals.
As one of the country’s largest inhabited castles, Bamburgh is living history. This site has been occupied since prehistoric times, witnessing bloody battles, royal rebellion and secret negotiations. The imposing keep was built to survive raids in the 12th century, while the King’s Hall is a Victorian masterpiece made for elaborate banquets and balls. And every summer, Bamburgh reveals more of its past in live archaeological excavations.
Bamburgh Castle is in northeast England, 42 miles (64km) north of Newcastle by road. The nearest train stations are Chathill, Berwick upon Tweed and Alnmouth.