Bamburgh Tourist Information

Bamburgh is located on the coast of the North Sea, and is in easy reach of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Berwick to the north, and Seahouses, Alnmouth and Alnwick to the south.

The first thing that strikes visitors to Bamburgh is its imposing and rather stunning castle - it dominates the skyline for miles. But there’s a lot more for the visitor to see and do in and around this delightful village - with interesting shops, quaint tea-rooms, excellent restaurants, glorious beaches, sand dunes which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and St Aidan’s Church. The present St Aidan’s dates back to the 12th century, although its origins go back to the 7th century when Aidan arrived in the village from Lindisfarne to spread the gospel. The church contains an effigy of local heroine Grace Darling and there’s a memorial to her  - visible to passing sailors - in the churchyard, The RNLI Heritage Trust’s Grace Darling Museum is opposite the church and features the boat Grace used to rescue members of the crew of the SS Forfarshire,  as well as letters, clothes and family belongings.

Bamburgh was at one time the capital of the ancient kingdoms which preceded Northumbria, and there’s a wealth of history attached to the area - from Royal rebellions to bloody battles.

Bamburgh has a wide variety of accommodation and is an ideal retreat for a tranquil break in the countryside.

Bamburgh Castle

There has been a castle at Bamburgh since 547, which stood until the Vikings destroyed it over 400 years later. The present castle is largely of Norman origin and was built on the site of the original building. The castle was almost completely destroyed during the Wars of the Roses, but has been beautifully restored and is now a magnificent example of its kind. It’s also a bit of a media star, having been used in films including El Cid, Polanski’s Macbeth, Ken Russell’s The Devils, and, very appropriately because of a supposed link to Sir Launcelot, in the 2004 film King Arthur with Clive Owen and Keira Knightly. It has also featured in TV series such as Coast, Meet the Ancestors, Time Team, and How the Celts Saved Britain.

Interesting fact: Bamburgh Castle was the first castle in Britain to be destroyed by cannon fire. This was during the War of Roses when King Henry VI was in residence.

Things to see and do around Bamburgh:

Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle Golf Club
Beadnell Bay
Beadnell Bay (Wikipedia page)
Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks & Main Guard
Berwick -upon-Tweed Castle & Ramparts
Birdwatching on the Farne Islands
Chillingham Castle
Coast and Castles Cycle Route
Dunstanburgh Castle (Wikipedia page)
Duddo Standing Stones (Duddo, near Etal)
Dunstanburgh Castle (website)
Embleton Bay
Etal Castle (near Crookham & Cornhill-on-Tweed)
Farne Islands
The Fenton Centre (a working farm and exhibition West Fenton, Wooler)
Flodden Battlefield (Branxton, Cornhill-on-Tweed)
Fly fishing on the Tweed
Ford Castle (Ford Village, Berwick-upon-Tweed)
Ford Moss Nature Reserve (Ford)
Heatherslaw Light Railway (Heatherslaw, near Etal)
Heatherslaw Mill (Heatherslaw, near Etal)
Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
Low Newton by the Sea
The Irving Gallery (Berwick)
KA Kitesurfing - Kitesurfing on the Northumberland Coast
Lady Waterford Hall (Ford)
The Lindisfarne Centre (Holy Island)
Lindisfarne Priory (Holy Island)
Lindisfarne Castle (Holy Island)
Maelmin Heritage Trail (Milfield, Wooler)
Norham Castle (between Berwick-upon-Tweed & Coldstream)
Paxton House
RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Ros Castle
St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh
Sea kayaking on the Northumberland coast
Woodhorn Museum