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Bamburgh Castle

Open all year

The Castle is open to visitors all year round and hosts a variety of events, for more details see


Weekends only 11am until 4.30pm
(Grounds, State Rooms, Museum and Clock Tower Café)


(State Rooms)

Christmas Opening

We are open from Saturday 21st December everyday (including weekdays) until Sunday 5th January – please note Bamburgh Castle is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

November 4th 2019 – February 7th 2020WEEKENDS ONLY 11am – 4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm

February 8th 2020 – 1st November 2020 10am – 5pm 7 days a week


ADULT £11.25

CHILD (AGED 5 – 18) £5.50

LITTLE ADVENTURERS (AGED 0 – 4) Free of Charge

FAMILY (two adults and up to three dependents aged under 18) £28.00


DOGS Free of Charge

About the castle

The historic capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria.  Bamburgh Castle is the king of Castles.  Believed to have been occupied for over 10,000 years the castle has evolved from a wooden palisade to the formidable fortress it is today.  The first castle in England to fall to canon fire as the Wars of Roses drew to a close.

It was also one of the world's first 'coastguard' stations and the site for the development and testing of the World's first 'lifeboat'.  Under the ownership of the Crewe Trustees it housed a school, hospital and was the centre of its own mini 'welfare state'.  Bought by the First Lord Armstrong in 1894 it is still owned by the Armstrong family who play an active part in its operation and maintenance.  

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