Bamburgh Northumberland Travel and Tourism Information
With its unspoilt sandy beaches, wildlife rich countryside and picture postcard village nestling in the shadow of a dramatic fortress castle, Bamburgh is without doubt one of the most scenic villages in England.
Standing on the village green encircled by neat houses, shops and pubs with the mighty bulk of Bamburgh Castle atop its basalt outcrop dominating the view for miles around, it’s easy to see why this small settlement has been dubbed the ‘jewel of Northumbria.’
The castle looks almost too good to be true with its massive square keep and high walls (all intact) built of red sandstone seemingly growing out of the 150 foot precipice on which it stands. Whichever way you look at it- from land or beach – it is a breath-taking and impressive sight.
It’s no wonder the castle is a photographer’s mecca and that it has featured in numerous big budget films, historical TV dramas and advertisements, including Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, Mary Queen of Scots and the 1998 version of Elizabeth.
Spanning nine acres, Bamburgh Castle can trace its history back at least 2,000 years to the time of the Anglo Saxons. It was remodelled in Norman times before being restored and altered in the 18th century and then again at the end of the 1800s after it was bought by the 1st Lord Armstrong – whose descendants still own the castle.
The majority of the rooms are open to the public and the views from the battlements north and south along the coast and out to the nearby Farne Islands and Holy Island are spectacular.
The village itself is the final resting place of the Victorian heroine Grace Darling, who with her father braved the stormy North Sea one night in 1838 to rescue the passengers and crew of the stricken SS Forfarshire.
She became an overnight sensation and was feted the length and breadth of the land, only to die from tuberculosis at the age 26. She is buried in the village cemetery at St Aidan’s Church, while her life and achievements are celebrated in the Grace Darling Museum.
It’s well worth taking a walk around Bamburgh village itself with its tea rooms, gift shops, award-winning butcher’s, restaurants, pubs and cricket pitch.
The spectacularly sandy and litter free beach with its rolling dunes runs for three miles all the way from nearby Seahouses, and is a haven for horse riders, surfers, walkers, families, and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
The perfect place for relaxing or exploring.
Where is Bamburgh?:
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