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NORTHUMBERLAND COAST

The Northumberland Coast in North East England is a captivating destination that offers a unique and diverse experience. With its stunning natural beauty, including pristine sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and rolling grassy dunes, it is a paradise for nature lovers.

The region is also home to historic castles such as  Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle, providing a glimpse into the region’s medieval past. Wildlife enthusiasts can explore the Farne Islands and observe thousands of seabirds and seals, while Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve offers diverse ecosystems to explore. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, with its spiritual atmosphere and iconic ruins, is a must-visit destination. Outdoor enthusiasts can engage in activities such as hiking, cycling, surfing, and a range of water sports such as kayaking.

Charming coastal villages, including Seahouses and Craster offer a quintessential British experience with their colourful houses, small harbours, and delightful seafood restaurants. Whether seeking natural beauty, history, outdoor adventures, or a peaceful coastal retreat, the Northumberland Coast provides an enriching and memorable experience for all.

BAMBURGH

Bamburgh, Northumberland is a charming village located on the North East coast of England. It’s known for its stunning Bamburgh Castle and beautiful beaches. Here are the top six things to do in Bamburgh:

where to eat

The Potted Lobster

Located in the heart of Bamburgh, The Potted Lobster is a fantastic seafood restaurant offering a delightful dining experience. Known for its fresh and locally sourced ingredients, the menu features a variety of seafood dishes, including lobster, crab, scallops, and more. The restaurant also has a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it a popular choice among locals and visitors alike.

The Copper Kettle Tea Rooms

Located near Bamburgh Castle, The Copper Kettle is a founder member of the Tea Council Guild and is widely recognised as one of the finest Tea Rooms in the country. All food is home – prepared and cooked which can cause a limit to daily availability. 

 

The Castle inn

Situated in the heart of Bamburgh, The Castle Inn is a charming establishment that offers a range of dining options. The hotel’s restaurant features a seasonal menu with an emphasis on local produce, showcasing the flavours of Northumberland. From traditional pub classics to contemporary dishes, there’s something to suit every taste. The Castle Inn also has a cosy bar area where you can enjoy a drink before or after your meal.

where to visit

Visit Bamburgh Castle

The iconic Bamburgh Castle is the focal point of the village and a must-visit attraction. This medieval fortress sits atop a rocky outcrop and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. Explore the castle’s fascinating history, wander through the opulent rooms, and discover its extensive collection of artifacts and artwork.

Relax on Bamburgh Beach

Bamburgh boasts one of the most picturesque and pristine beaches in the region. With its golden sand dunes, and stunning views of the castle, it’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the Northumberland coast. Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, have a picnic, or simply bask in the sun.

Explore the Grace Darling Museum

Grace Darling was a local heroine who, in 1838, assisted in the rescue of survivors from the wrecked SS Forfarshire. The Grace Darling Museum commemorates her bravery and provides insights into her life and the historic rescue. Discover the story through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and photographs.

Walk the Bamburgh Circular Route

Bamburgh is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the Bamburgh Circular Route offers an excellent opportunity to explore the area’s natural wonders. This circular walking trail takes you through fields, sand dunes, and coastal paths, providing stunning views of the castle and the coastline. It’s a great way to appreciate the local flora, fauna, and the rugged Northumberland landscape.

Visit St. Aidan's Church

 Located in the heart of Bamburgh, St. Aidan’s Church is an ancient place of worship that dates back to the 12th century. This historic church features stunning stained glass windows, intricate stone carvings, and a peaceful atmosphere. Take a moment to appreciate its architectural beauty and soak in the tranquil ambiance.

Explore the Farne Islands

While not directly in Bamburgh, the nearby Farne Islands are a popular attraction that shouldn’t be missed. These islands are home to a diverse array of wildlife, including puffins, seals, and various seabird species. Take a boat trip from nearby Seahouses Harbour and enjoy the opportunity to observe and photograph these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

WHY BAMBURGH?

Bamburgh, located in Northumberland, is a charming village that offers several compelling reasons to visit. Here are some of the main attractions and features that make Bamburgh a worthwhile destination:

  1. Bamburgh Castle: One of the most iconic landmarks in Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the North Sea. This majestic fortress has a rich history dating back over 1,400 years and is open to the public. Exploring the castle allows you to discover its fascinating past, magnificent architecture, and breathtaking coastal views.

  2. Bamburgh Beach: The village is blessed with a beautiful stretch of coastline and boasts a stunning beach. Bamburgh Beach offers pristine golden sands, dunes, and crystal-clear waters. It’s an ideal spot for a relaxing stroll, picnicking, or even engaging in water sports such as surfing and kiteboarding.

  3. Historical Significance: Bamburgh has a long and storied history. It was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Bernicia and played a vital role in defending the northern English borders against invasions. The village has witnessed numerous battles and conquests, and remnants of its historical significance can be explored throughout the area.

  4. Grace Darling Museum: Located in Bamburgh, the Grace Darling Museum pays tribute to the courageous actions of Grace Darling, a local heroine who, in 1838, rescued nine survivors from the wreckage of the SS Forfarshire shipwreck. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and tells the inspiring story of her bravery.

  5. Natural Beauty: Bamburgh and its surroundings are characterised by stunning natural landscapes. The village sits within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering scenic views, wildlife spotting opportunities, and peaceful countryside walks.

  6. Holy Island (Lindisfarne): Just a short distance from Bamburgh, Holy Island is an enchanting destination that can be accessed via a causeway during low tide. This historic island is home to the famous Lindisfarne Priory, which played a significant role in early Christianity in England. Visitors can explore the priory ruins, walk along the pristine beaches, and immerse themselves in the island’s tranquil atmosphere.

  7. Outdoor Activities: The area around Bamburgh provides ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. From coastal walks to cycling trails, golf courses to birdwatching, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The village is also a gateway to the Northumberland National Park, where you can embark on hikes, explore nature reserves, and marvel at the dark skies, perfect for stargazing.

In summary, Bamburgh offers a blend of rich history, stunning landscapes, cultural attractions, and outdoor activities. Whether you’re interested in heritage, natural beauty, or simply seeking a peaceful coastal retreat, Bamburgh and its surrounding area have much to offer visitors.

bamburgh's history

Bamburgh, located in Northumberland, has a fascinating history that spans thousands of years. At the end of the Ice Age, hunter-gatherers roamed the region, leaving behind evidence of their tools in Bamburgh. In the Neolithic period, people began farming the area, and stone tools have been discovered in Bamburgh and Glororum.

During the Bronze Age, the landscape became more settled, with deforestation and the establishment of field systems. Around 550 AD, the Anglo-Saxons from the continent expanded northwards, and control of the region passed to the Anglo-Saxon King Ida. The British name for the area, Bryneich (Bernicia), was retained by Ida, as was the name of the stronghold at Bamburgh, Din Guaroy. Later, it became Bebbanburg, named after the Saxon Queen Bebba, and eventually Bamburgh.

In 635, Aidan arrived in Bamburgh from the monastery of Iona, at the request of King Oswald, to spread Christianity in Northumbria. Aidan constructed a wooden church near the site of St Aidan’s Church, and Christianity began to flourish in the region.

A medieval village developed at the foot of Bamburgh Castle, and a Dominican Friary was established in the western part of the village in 1256. The friars were involved in charitable activities, including a lepers hospital, but the friary closed in the 14th century. The Forster family, who owned Bamburgh Hall, later owned the castle but allowed it to fall into disrepair.

In the 18th century, Bamburgh Castle came under the ownership of Lord Nathaniel Crewe, the Bishop of Durham, who initiated restoration efforts. After his death, the Lord Crewe Trust continued the restoration work and provided welfare services for the village’s inhabitants. In the late 19th century, the castle and village were sold to Lord Armstrong of Cragside, who dedicated himself to the castle’s restoration.

Today, Bamburgh Castle is a popular tourist attraction, renowned for its magnificent restoration. The castle has also become a sought-after venue for weddings. Archaeologists have been studying the site since the 1950s, and the Bamburgh Research Project continues to uncover the castle’s 5,000 years of occupation.

A recent publication, available in local shops and businesses in Bamburgh, presents the findings of the research project, along with contributions from other archaeologists and specialists. It offers a comprehensive look into the history, geology, and natural environment of Bamburgh.

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Castle View house

Nestled beneath the majestic Bamburgh Castle, this property offers both a stunning location and fantastic accommodation for up to 16 people.  Castle View boasts 8 spacious bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom.  

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