Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Castle
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Happy traveller
    County Durham, United Kingdom26 contributions
    Stunning historic castle
    Stunning part of the Northumbrian coastline. I combined this trip on the way back from Howick Hall. The power of the sea was magical to witness. Tiny little harbour and you could in better conditions have a boat trip.
    Thanks for your lovely review. A visit to Dunstanburgh Castle is easily combined with a longer coastal walk, to the north up to Beadnell, and to the south down to Howick.
    Written 12 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • redmankopite
    Liverpool, United Kingdom16 contributions
    Improvements at Dunstanburgh Castle
    Having visited Dunstanburgh Castle many times over the last 50 years, it is great that English Heritage have now opened access to the Gatehouse tower for excellent views in all directions. The addition of eco-toilets is also a big improvement as the Castle is a good 30 minutes walk from the village. Staff today were also helpful and friendly
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • daisyrock
    55 contributions
    My favourite castle
    Pick a day with good weather and take the walk out to Dunstanburgh Castle. As a castle fan, I can say it's one of my favourites, simply because of its location. It's about a 20 minute (or so) walk each way from the harbourside village of Craster, with the crashing ocean on one side and a wide meadow on the other. Seeing the castle get closer and closer is simply magical. You pay to enter at the castle itself (I think it was about £7 each) and dogs are allowed. There are no loos on site, so go before you start the walk!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Snodes
    London, United Kingdom125 contributions
    Atmospheric ruins
    A nice walk from Craster with the impressive castle looming closer. There’s a great view from inside and it’s interesting to poke round. TBH English Heritage haven’t made a lot of effort with it and i5 feels a bit cheeky charging for entry but it’s worth a look.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Glen C
    Chester, United Kingdom22 contributions
    Very pleasant visit
    Very pleasant walk from Craster car park to castle last week along the coast with view of sea, rocky coast and gorse bushes. Both National Trust and English Heritage members can go in free. Very friendly welcome at the castle and there's a small shop with toilets. Only small thing to be aware of is only one of the car park machines takes cards, the others only coins and advertise a phone app but there's no signal on most or any networks at the car park.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Anne H
    Leeds, United Kingdom58 contributions
    Great viwes
    Pleasant walk from Dunstanburgh Stead to the castle. It has an area to eat a picnic and a place to buy a hot drink. There is a good walk around the perimeter and the opportunity to climb one of the towers. Plenty of things to photo along with numerous birds on the cliffs such as Razor bills & Kittiwakes.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Vanessa M
    Oxford, United Kingdom16 contributions
    You need more time on your parking than you think!
    Great visit here - even though we had to make it a swift one as we hadn't realised how far along the coast you need to walk to get to the castle! It's about 20-30mins each way so plan accordingly. Really enjoyed the walk though and the satisfaction of the great views from the top of the tower when we got there.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Rich C
    Wrexham, United Kingdom55 contributions
    Great scenic and historical spot .
    Really good spot to visit. Park in Craster (car park on outskirts of village) and walk to the castle via the path along the sea front It's a gentle easy stroll, probably a mile and a half maximum. The castle ruins are very impressive, and well worth the walk. There is an option to either continue the walk along to Low Newton by the sea, walking along the beach and golf course edge, but this will add around 3 miles (each way) to the walk.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Quiller810
    London, United Kingdom146 contributions
    Great Location
    We knew we would never get to the castle before last entry at 4pm but we decided to do the walk anyway as the weather had turned quite hot and sunny and there are the most beautiful views of the sea. It was also a photographers dream as the fields are full of sheep and cows and the view of the castle is stunning as you approach. One of the highlights of our trip to Northumberland, so many castles!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 15 August 2023
  • pente40
    Northampton, United Kingdom234 contributions
    A great visit
    Park in the main carpark as you enter the village of Craster at £6 for the day or at the time of our visit, there's a field parking just as you get the Craster offering all day parking at £5. Walk by the small harbour wall and follow the field path straight to the Castle. Take in the coastal scenery as you amble about a mile to the Castle where you can pay for a day ticket (£9) at the gated entrance or free for English Heritage members (don't forget your members card) The ruins are fascinating and intriguing with the abundance of history making you wonder what life was like way back when it was occupied. A lovely walk with a bit of history at the end and great coastal views as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
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Turtle5954
Warrington, UK1,932 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Eat a hearty lunch and then head across to Dunstanburgh...lovely walk of maybe 30 minutes, pop into the ruins of the castle and imagine who built it, how they built it etc.

Then enjoy the walk back and an ice cream in Craster.
Written 6 January 2024
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Deborah R
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A stunning walk to the castle, through fields. The views are amazing. It can get very windy and cold so take a hat. The only downside is the cost. The parking in craster is very expensive and so is the castle. When we were there we saw quite a few people walk away when they saw the price. We were one of them.
Written 30 October 2023
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Lucy E
6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We enjoyed the climbing the tower and seeing the views, as well as walking around the site. Although we didn’t directly speak to the staff, there communications with others wasn’t what we would expect from a member of staff. They were quite noticeably not happy with the fact that national trust members are allowed onto the site and you got the impression that they didn’t want to be there. In national trust locations we have never encountered this kind of dismissive behaviour before from staff and were quite surprised with this. Overall, we did have a good time and got some amazing pictures, but I don’t think everyone had the same experience.
Written 28 October 2023
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Competonions
Whitianga, New Zealand33 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The village of Craster seems nowadays to be occupied almost exclusively by holiday / Airbnb rentals, so in my opinion there’s no real heart in the place any more. It is, however in a beautiful spot, ideally placed for both long-haul walkers as well as casual Sunday strollers. There are many double yellow lines around the village, to ensure maximum use of the car park. Here you’ll park and find the pay and display machine, charging a minimum of £2.30 for an hour, £4.50 for two, £6 for three and £8.50 for <24 hours. In order to pay, you can use cash, or “Pay by Phone” - except you can’t pay by phone as there’s no signal anywhere in the vicinity. If you want to pay by card, you then need to walk further on, to the visitor centre, where the machine has been rigged up to a microwave antenna to allow it to contact the mothership and remove the huge sum of money from your account.

From here, it’s an easy half-hour walk to the castle, which is located in a spectacular situation - one can only imagine what the place must have been like when built in 1322. Still, don’t tarry, you’ll need to get back to the car park to avoid the signed threat of a £70 fine if you transgress the car park rules…
Written 22 October 2023
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GandC_UK
Pocklington, UK660 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
You have to decide how long and how fast you can walk to pay in advance for the parking in Crastor, which also has loos and a TIC, the cafe cabin didn't open the day we were there. We did the circular walk with a luch stop so needed the £8.50 all day ticket. Since we last visited the castle now has (composting) loos despite the warning sign on the path. It also has a good drinks machine which provided a warming hot chocolate. The scenery on the walk is superb and great views from the mostly ruined castle. Dont miss the smokery in Crastor for some lovely fish.
Written 13 October 2023
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peetg
London, UK133 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
The highlight is the scenery on the walk to the castel itself. You'll have to walk there. Make sure to get to the castle gate by 16:00 as it closes for entries. You'll still have an hour to explore.
There are loos by the car park and some in the castle grounds.
The "kippers" food shop by the carpark sells, well, kippers. Nice ones.
Written 24 September 2023
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Lynne W
170 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A great walk along from Craster to this stunning ruin wonderfully maintained by English Heritage. Again, the staff were so informative and friendly. The enormity of the original castle is breathtaking and children can easily see that it would be difficult to "storm and attack'; ours loved to see the different levels of the castle and the spiral staircases. A must walk to on a sunny day with breathtaking sea views and lots of sheep poo (the kids made me say that!).
Written 26 August 2023
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shropshirenick
Shrewsbury, UK20,063 contributions
Jul 2023
Dunstanburgh Castle is in a beautiful location overlooking the coast and surrounded by beautiful scenery. Most people visiting the castle, walk along the coastal path from Craster village to reach the castle. The walk to the castle is mainly flat with a slight incline as you reach the castle entrance. The castle is a well preserved ruin which is free to enter, if your are an English Heritage or National Trust member, it is dog friendly too. A great place to visit and a lovely walk too.
Written 23 August 2023
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Lakeland5
Cumbria, UK174 contributions
Aug 2023
Great walk over to the castle last week, through beautiful coastal countryside.We are national trust members so entry was free.There are compostable toilets there and you can get a cup,of coffee from the machine in the little woddenmoffice. They also have a few biscuits/ flapjacks.The views are incredible and you can take your dog as well.The staff are very friendly and helpful
Thoroughly recommend.
Written 19 August 2023
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pente40
Northampton, UK234 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Park in the main carpark as you enter the village of Craster at £6 for the day or at the time of our visit, there's a field parking just as you get the Craster offering all day parking at £5.
Walk by the small harbour wall and follow the field path straight to the Castle.
Take in the coastal scenery as you amble about a mile to the Castle where you can pay for a day ticket (£9) at the gated entrance or free for English Heritage members (don't forget your members card)
The ruins are fascinating and intriguing with the abundance of history making you wonder what life was like way back when it was occupied.
A lovely walk with a bit of history at the end and great coastal views as well.
Written 18 August 2023
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