Bamburgh Castle is located by the seaside village of Bamburgh, Northumberland. Perched on a basalt crag this grand castle towers over the village and surrounding countryside and may be seen for many miles out to sea.
Archaeologists have found evidence to suggest that the rocky crag has been occupied since prehistoric times. Bamburgh Castle was almost entirely rebuilt 100 years ago though the large Norman keep, built in the 12th century, still remains as a reminder of its medieval past.
The thickness of its walls, 12 feet in places, in part gives explanation to its longevity. The outer castle walls are long and narrow and fronted the North Sea to its north eastern side. It consists of three wards. The majority of the living quarters, along with the 12th century chapel of Saint Oswald, are to be found within the inner ward.
Bamburgh retains several small well decorated rooms though the main attraction is surely the magnificent Great Hall which, although rebuilt in Victorian times, retains a medieval air.
Bamburgh Castle today
Today Bamburgh Castle is one of the finest, and most photographed, castles in England, commanding stunning views of the Farne and Holy islands and landward to the Cheviot hills. As well as being a popular tourist attraction it is licensed to conduct civil weddings.
Bought by the 1st Lord Armstrong in 1894, Bamburgh Castle is still owned and maintained by the Armstrong family. It is one of the largest castles in the UK that are still lived in.
Current opening times and admission fees can be found on the Bamburgh Castle website.