This pretty village on the north Northumberland Coast is a treat for the eyes. Expect spectacular countryside, long stretches of sandy beaches overlooked by a majestic castle and delightful tea rooms. If you’re looking for a quintessentially British village, then this is it. And with its fantastic choice of pretty self-catering cottages and holiday homes, Bamburgh will soon become a seaside holiday favourite.
Captivated by the castle
Covering nine acres of land, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. It sits on a plateau of volcanic dolerite (known locally as whinstone) 45 meters above sea level. The history of this imposing castle is fascinating. The first written reference to the castle was in 547, the year that the citadel was captured by the Anglo-Saxon ruler, Ida of Bernicia. Since then, the castle has been in the hands of the Vikings, the Normans and the English monarchy. The castle was restored by various owners during the 18th and 19th centuries and was finally bought by the Victorian industrialist, William Armstrong, who finished the restoration.
Bamburgh beach has Blue Flag status and is 'recommended' for the highest UK standard for bathing water quality (according to The Good Beach Guide) so it’s perfect for taking a dip. The long stretches of golden sand are ideal for families and little ones will love building sandcastles or looking for sea life in the rock pools. In the evening, take a romantic stroll with your other half along the shore as the waves lap the sand and the sun sets.