We recently had a holiday to Northumberland, UK. On our first day we were up early and had a day out exploring Bamburgh before we arrived at our Airbnb cottage. I love visiting castles and abbeys but Bamburgh isn’t somewhere I know or have seen anything about but it’s not too far from the cottage so it seems a great starting point.
Exploring Bamburgh – Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle is in the North East and sits high above the Northumberland coast line. It covers 9 acres of land and is the largest uninhabited castle in the UK. Its history dates back thousands of years. It is open daily and admission is £10.85 for adults and £5 for children. There is a car park and parking is £2.
If you don’t want to pay to go inside or if you want something to do afterwards you can walk around the outside. It is quite a hilly walk but the view of the castle on top of the cliff is well worth the effort.
Exploring Bamburgh – The Green
If you do venture down the hill away from the castle there is a gorgeous green to walk around.
There are lots of benches which makes it a perfect picnic spot too. We loved sitting out in the sunshine eating our sandwiches with such a stunning view.
There are some really interesting finds along the walk around the green. The war memorial inside of a cave is really moving to see.
Exploring Bamburgh – The sand dunes
Bamburgh Castle sits at the top of a cliff right on the coast. To get to the sea you need to walk down the hill and over the sand dunes. The walk is SO beautiful. The sandy hills are quite steep in places and the sliding sand along with my hip problems means I did struggle in some parts. It isn’t an unmanageable walk though and I would do it again if we went again.
Exploring Bamburgh – The beach
The beach at Bamburgh is just stunning. Despite being a sunny August day it is really quiet with only a few walkers dotted about. The grassy dunes, remoteness and castle in the background make it one of the most scenic beaches I’ve ever been to. I really love that you can see the Farne Islands and their famous lighthouse from the beach. You can also just make out Lindisfarne / Holy Island further down the coast.
On the day we visited there were quite a lot of jellyfish that had washed up. It wasn’t a problem for us but if you have small children or dogs it is something to be aware of.
I really love the ridges in the sand and little salt water pools, they are really unusual to look at.
Exploring Bamburgh – final thoughts
We loved our day in Bamburgh for just the £2 parking charge we saw so much. It is a place you could spend a quick hour or two or several hours. The castle, beach and grass sand dunes are stunning and make for a gorgeous walk. Despite it being the summer holidays and a sunny day it wasn’t busy there at all. If you are ever in Northumberland I really recommend going and exploring for yourself.
Have you ever been to Bamburgh? What do you think of the views there?
If it is somewhere you would like to visit make sure you pin this to your wanderlust wishlist board.