Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 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.
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  • Sneaky whitesocks
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom3 contributions
    The disabled space gatekeeper!
    We had a good day. Grounds were immaculate. The house was full of history and the items displayed and interactive activities (videos, archeology game) were extremely high quality and in good working order. It saddens me to say that the disabled bays were so poorly labelled that when my partner arrived he was unable to identify where they were, and by the time the guides explained their location he found it hard to take the information in. I heard the conversation from my car (I was behind), I explained to the staff on the gate that he was a blue badge holder (he does not usually put his badge on the dash until he has located a space, as we move the badge between cars), the member of staff replied ‘We reserve these spaces for wheelchair holders.’ I responded that my partner had multiple disabilities that this affected his ability to walk long distances and then stand at the end of the day, to which the staff member replied ‘Yes, but these spaces are for people who have wheelchairs, if you like we can get the golf buggy to drive down and collect him from where he has parked.’ Dignity aside it did make me wonder if this person had been given any training, about disabilities at all. My partner would not have found a ride in a buggy extremely physically uncomfortable, he has a blue badge to reduce the distance walked between his car and destination. I do wonder if the person on the gate understands the high threshold for blue badges. There were 6 available disabled spaces when we arrived, when we left they were all full. The overflow car park was not. This made me consider whether or not the castle allocates enough disabled spaces, or if they are aware that there is an issue. The car park is steep (understandable given the location of the castle), the distance my partner walked meant that we had to wait in the courtyard until he had time to rest, and also process what had happened. Please know that we knew there would be a distance to walk, but we also knew there would be disabled bays near the entrance. My partners lifelong, life limiting conditions mean that he may not enjoy many more days out with our children in his lifetime, strange and uncomfortable conversations about disability access and being ‘disabled enough’ or not being ‘visibly’ disabled enough are not welcome. Needless to say our day was cut short, and the events in the car park sullied what would have otherwise been a lovely day. I would add that every single other member of staff that we encountered were extremely polite and happy to help in any way they could.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 February 2023
  • Nik D
    6 contributions
    Bad experience
    Clarity of rules where dogs are concerned needs looking at . Was told twice dogs are allowed in all cafes. DOGA ARE NOT ALLOWED IN ANY ! ! . Only good point was we were refunded immediately. Charge for parking AND entrance I personally think is a bit excessive.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Philip B
    Letchworth Garden City, United Kingdom143 contributions
    GOOD MORNING OR AFTERNOON OUT.
    My partner is semi disabled and waiting for an ankle operation and therefore find’s in difficult to walk - especially up steps. We were apprehensive about visiting Bambrough Castle for this reason however we pulled up at the car park and the attendant told us where to park and that the buggy would be with us within 5 minutes to take us to the ticket office then on to the entrance. On explaining the situation to the ticked agent we paid less for my partner as he could only see the ground floor. We were taken to the main entrance then, on seeing the castle, we were taken back to our car. Good service. The castle itself is interesting and full of artefacts but I have to say I find the main interest, for me, is in the views.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • jensie1821
    Sheffield, United Kingdom12 contributions
    Not happy
    Visited 27/4/23. Very disappointed. £15 to get in or £41 for a family, absolute ripoff 😱. Alienating the working class, families on a budget. Couldn’t even get into the cafe or gift shop without paying the entrance fee.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Bex_Stew
    91 contributions
    Interesting day out
    We enjoyed our visit. State rooms were nicely presented, lots of grounds to explore and we loved the Armstrong/aviation museum (different to what you’d find in most places and covered some areas that really interested us). It’s only a half day visit so not cheap but, when considering the cost of other attractions in the area, wasn’t at all bad value. We’d visit again or recommend. The setting is spectacular- amazing views from the castle and also great views of the the castle from the beach
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 June 2023
  • hargrave
    Wareham, United Kingdom120 contributions
    Good as castles go.
    We visited last week in dull cloudy weather so headed straight for the restaurant for a coffee. Welcoming and good service. The castle was as we remembered from many years ago although the entry price was acceptable paying extra for parking was not. Lunch later was also very good. The 'Last Kingdom' exhibit was mainly about the TV series and as the characters were nothing like the books it didn't have any real interest. The armoury and aviation rooms were worth a good look around. Rain stopped us walking around outside which shortened our visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • chapman350
    Norwich, United Kingdom83 contributions
    Lovely castle
    Very enjoyable visit which took about 3.5 hours it does say on the website that people with mobility issues may have problems due to steep slopes and steps, I struggle sometimes but took it slowly snd managed OK. The castle is mostly stately house but the history is very interesting. There is a tea room or a snack bar and a small aviation museum which is very definitely worth a visit and very interesting to find out how many things Armstrong actually invented that we didn't know about.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • izzzie
    23 contributions
    Disappointing
    The best thing about this place is the outside. It looks the part perched on a rock towering above the village. However, this is a facsimile a Victorian folly at best. The excellent guide Carol pointed out where the corridor would have been through the stone arches but admitted that the public were not allowed in parts due to health and safety. We could see where stone stairs would have been! Some ancient artifacts were displayed but a great deal of Victorian china and replicas. The great hall is a representation but replicas abounded. Reference was made to the Armstrong family who were once prominent but they have died out. They made much of the links to a TV program of which I was ignorant. That is hardly history yet . Beware of excessive queuing for car park and a marathon climb to the front gate. View from the path was spectacular but not worth the entry fee.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Chris W
    10 contributions
    Fabulous Castle
    Really well preserved & maintained castle Views from the battlements out to sea are stunning. Lots to look at & the Last Kingdom exhibits made it even better as we were great fans of Utred of Battenburg. Cost is not too exorbitant when considering the expense of maintaining the place. The only downside for us was we were holidaying with our dog, which meant we had to take it in turns to enter the staterooms I would say even our dog enjoyed sniffing all the grassy areas & nooks & crannies. Well, worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • TauntonBob
    West Parley, United Kingdom930 contributions
    A unique castle
    I have long wanted to visit Bamburgh Castle and was able to do so in conjunction with a visit to Lindisfarne. With a drive as long as that from Dorset, you have to pack in what you can to make the most of it! The castle itself is stunning and so well kept both inside and out. As a fan of the Last Kingdom the displays in the castle of costumes from the programme made it even more special. And I was delighted to note that the castle was, for a time, actually called Bebbanburg, as in the stories. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
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Borochef
Scarborough, UK96 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Title says it all but not just for location, views, history but the staff all so kind helpful and full of knowledge. The Christmas decorations are fantastic and the story not only if the castle but the themes are great too. Cafe is full of homemade dishes and loved it all.
Written 30 November 2023
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Elizabeth D
Darlington, UK31 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Drove over 2 hours for the Christmas experience and I have to say we were disappointed. If you are decorating a large space it needs to be big and bold. This lacked imagination where was the fairy grotto there was nothing magical or would appeal to children. The cafe was very limited and expensive. We've ticked a box won't be back.

Written 29 November 2023
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Andrew P
10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
I would add to the positive reviews about the quality of the themed decorations inside the castle, but would like to add how helpful , and cheerful, all the staff were in welcoming and helping with the buggy to transport my elderly mother in law who has mobility problems. Thanks to all who made our visit to this great castle so easy
Written 28 November 2023
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Emma299
Northwich, UK41 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
One of the best castles I have visited. The views are incredible, definitely worth a visit if you are into photography as the landscape is gorgeous. We visited as a family and found all the members of staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. We had a pram, some areas of the castle are only accessible on foot (as expected, it’s an ancient building!) There is a place to leave your prams and explore the rest of the castle with ease, we packed our baby carrier & it was perfect. I did notice that there are provisions for limited mobility/disable access as not all areas of the castle are accessible so a viewing area is provided. There are lots of rooms in the castle to explore and we found the cafe and the tea rooms to be lovely. I was surprised to see people leaving 1* reviews, especially in regards to it being a cashless site. They make this clear on their website & on arrival & it certainly didn’t hinder our day.
Written 27 November 2023
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Gsgreig
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautiful location with views of the gorgeous beach and surrounding countryside.
Lots of interesting stuff to see inside too
Written 27 November 2023
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Dawn B
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
Bamburgh Castle dressed for Christmas has the wow factor. Even on a very cold day. The atmosphere was amazing and the exhibits are interesting as well as striking. Lots to see and hear about. Our guide Stella was very knowledgeable and made it all interesting too.
Written 26 November 2023
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Louise T
16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Excellent staff, displays were innovative and really interesting. Christmas displays were cute. The aviation museum was great, and had lots of social history elements, which I loved. Visited the cafe, food was nice, staff very helpful.
Written 20 November 2023
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aidy076
Edinburgh, UK28 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visited with my disabled partner the staff there were amazing and fell over backwards to help. Xmas decorations are fabulous had a wonderful trip.
Written 19 November 2023
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Amy A
7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Amazing visit and the decorations were spectacular. They have put so much detail and thought into all the rooms. Throughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
Written 12 November 2023
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Jack
Birmingham, UK14 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A stunning castle, rich with history and beautiful views. We went on a rainy autumnal day but this did not dampen the mood. Beautiful vistas of the surrounding area, even on a bad stormy day you can see the island of Lindisfarne. Inside there is an incredible array of historical items and boards informing you of the castles past. Highly recommend a visit. Going to the beach nearby is also a must, it is a great spot for a good photo or two facing back up to the castle. Great for dog walkers.
Written 4 November 2023
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