Bamburgh is a small coastal village next to a beautiful golden beach, with the skyline dominated by the iconic Bamburgh Castle. The pretty village has tearooms and accommodation as well as The Grace Darling Museum.
The Grace Darling Museum commemorates the life of Victorian Britain's greatest heroine and the story of the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in 1838. The museum features the famous rescue coble, Grace's dresses, letters and family belongings, and a cornucopia of commemorative ware.
Opposite the museum is St Aidans church and the Grace Darling memorial can be visited in the churchyard.
Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland's most iconic buildings. The castle's site was a Royal Centre by 547AD and the rocky outcrop has been occupied since the prehistoric period.
The Bamburgh castle we see today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times. Lord Armstrong was also responsible for building Cragside House, Gardens & Estates.
But the castle boasts a much longer history. There have been settlements on the site since prehistoric times and the regular archaeological digs that take place on the site have unearthed some spectacular finds. Excavations were started in the 1960s by Dr Brian Hope-Taylor, who discovered the gold plaque known as the Bamburgh Beast as well as the Bamburgh Sword. In the summer you can see archaeologists working on the site, and there is even the chance to get your hands dirty and see what you and your family can find.
The iconic Bamburgh Castle on the Northumberland Coast.
During its more recent history, Bamburgh Castle feted royal guests and English kings, one of whom - Edward IV - destroyed it in the Wars of the Roses.
Lord Armstrong's restoration saved it from ruin and the castle still provides an ancestral home to the Armstrong family to this day. Bamburgh Castle has 14 public rooms and more than 2,000 artefacts, including arms and armour, porcelain, furniture and artwork. There are also significant collections of china, porcelain, furniture, paintings, arms and armour.
Bamburgh Castle's epic scale attracts film and television crews and it has featured in everything from Time Team to Becket. It has recently become a popular wedding venue. The present fortress houses displays of historic and general interest with the public tour passing through the museum room, grand kings hall, cross hall, armoury and the Victorian scullery.