Bamburgh Castle is without doubt the most spectacular coastal castle in the UK
The Norman Castle is steeped with history and archaeologists believe that the site it stands on today was occupied from around 500 AD. It formed part of the frontier between England and Scotland and a castle was probably first built by King Ida, an early Anglian ruler, in 547 AD with Bamburgh chosen as the ‘Royal Capital’.
The Vikings struck and destroyed the original fortification in 993AD and the full force of the attack weakened the Kingdom of Northumbria leading to the castle falling into a state of disrepair.
Built on an outcrop of basalt rock, known as ‘Whin Sill’ – Igneous rock dolerite, it stands majestically, in it’s 9 acre grounds, overlooking both the village and the wonderful beach some 150 feet below.
The modern day castle of today, that we know and love, was restored between 1984 and 1905 by the great wealthy Victorian industrialist Sir William Armstrong - also of ‘Cragside’ fame. The castle is still occupied by the Armstrong family and they allow visitors to experience this most wonderful piece of our history.
Visiting Bamburgh Castle makes a great day out and visitors will learn more about the history from guides and the new audio tour. There are artefact’s on show and the original Keep is now the Armoury full with exciting arms and armour from throughout the centuries.
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