This week we headed up the stunning Northumberland Coastline to Bamburgh Castle, which has stood guard over Northumberland’s shores for nearly 1500 years.
Bamburgh dates back to 547AD, and is one of the largest inhabited Castles in the UK today. It has been the home of countless Kings, was the first Castle in the world to fall to the power of gunpowder, and was pivotal in the birth of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Thinking of heading to Northumberland? I’d highly recommend visiting this historic landmark on you’re trip!
Tickets can easily be booked online here, with prices just £11.16 for adults and £5.46 for children. You can purchase tickets on arrival, but numbers are limited and heavily dependent on the amount of visitors already in the grounds. Therefore I’d highly suggest booking your tickets online to avoid disappointment (plus online tickets are a little cheaper!). All day parking is just £3, giving you ample time to wander the grounds and discover the beauty of the Castle for yourself – again this can be bought online or on the day (prices are the same).
Upon arrival, a friendly guide will welcome you and give you a map of the grounds. This is a handy way to make sure you cover all the buildings throughout the day, as well as showing you the one way system they currently have in place. Now is probably a good time to mention their Covid secure status. Visit England has awarded Bamburgh Castle the ‘We’re Good to Go‘ status, meaning Bamburgh has clear processes and procedures in place to keep both their staff and visitors safe and healthy. This means you can visit Bamburgh with peace of mind! You can read more about Visit England’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme as well as discovering which attractions and businesses across the UK are safe to visit on their website.
Inside the Castle grounds are a whole host of exciting stories waiting to be discovered and magnificent views of the coast, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), as well as the historical town of Bamburgh itself. The grounds are relatively easy to navigate, as long as you follow the one way system in place – there are markers and arrows in place to help you do this, and you’re asked to keep to the right hand side to keep things smooth and ensure everyone can move around the grounds safely.
The Castle itself again follows the same one way ruling. There’s a short queue before entering simply to limit the number of visitors in each room – again proving that Bamburgh really is a safe place to visit during the current climate. In the Castle you can discover artefacts and heirlooms passed down from generation to generation which are now on show in the State Rooms, allowing you to journey through time. One of my favourite rooms was the armoury, where you can see armour and weaponry throughout different centuries as well as from different countries. With incredible architecture, beautiful objects and a whole host of stories and legends to be discovered, there is honestly so much to do in the Castle. One of my main surprises was just how well priced the tickets are for entrance. £11 really is a bargain.
The Armstrong and Aviation Museum located in the grounds is another must-do while you’re there. William Armstrong was an inventor, scientist, engineer and businessman. He manufactured cranes, armaments and ships, and he was also responsible for rebuilding Bamburgh into the Castle you see today. In the museum you can discover more about his life, his work and how his contributions to the industry and the North-East can still be seen today.
Everyone loves a gift shop. And to be honest, Bamburgh’s gift shop is pretty great. From standard gifts such as postcards, magnets and keyrings, to local products including Lindisfarne Gin, there really is something that suits everyone. To be honest, I probably could have spent my life’s savings in there – but thankfully I managed to restrain myself!
So from it’s breath-taking views of the Northumberland Coastline, to the impressive architecture, heirlooms and stories, you really can spend a day here getting lost in time and discovering the spectacular history of the North.
And if you are spending time in Northumberland, and are looking for more places to visit, you can head over to Visit Northumberland to discover more great attractions and things to do in the area. But I thought I’d also share some of my favourite places in this beautiful part of the country…
Lindisfarne (Holy Island) – make sure you research the safe crossing times for the day you’re planning to visit to ensure you don’t get caught out by the tides.
The Farne Islands – famous for it’s seals and rugged landscape, the Farne Islands are somewhere you have to visit. Seahouses – a coastal town – is the home of many companies offering ferry tours to the Islands.
Hadrian’s Wall – stretching 73 miles across the Scottish border, this is a great place to visit and is a perfect place for walkers.
Alnwick Castle – another breath-taking Castle (we have a lot of these in the North) which was used in the Harry Potter films
Have you been to Bamburgh Castle or Northumberland? What was your favourite place? Let us know in the comments!