Places of interest in Northumberland
Picture credit: Jim Gibson
Places of interest in Northumberland
Once home to the Kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is a must visit destination just three miles from The Bamburgh Castle Inn. The Castle was bought by Victorian industrialist The First Lord Armstrong in 1894 as a ruin. Lord Armstrong set about restoring Bamburgh into the iconic castle it is today. The castle is open all year round. Look out for special events taking place in the summer months.
Lindisfarne’s delightful unspoilt island is situated in the rural and picturesque county of Northumberland. Despite its population of just over 150 people, Holy Island attracts over half a million visitors each year. Lindisfarne is unique in that it is a tidal island, only accessible via a paved causeway, covered twice daily by the North Sea, making it completely inaccessible at certain times of the day. Visitors to the island should consult the timetable link on our website for safe causeway crossing times.
Lindisfarne is famous throughout the world for its medieval religious heritage, and is celebrated for playing a prominent part in the establishment of the Christian faith in the west. This proud heritage, and majestic 16th Century Castle, are the main focus for holiday makers and tourists alike, although the peace and tranquillity of the island, coupled with its serene beaches and scenic walks, attract more than their fair share to this remote Northern conservation area. For tidal times please use the following link: Tide times
Known as the 'Windsor of the North,' Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England and home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, whose ancestors have lived here since 1309. Dramatically situated on the edge of the town, the castle battlements rise above stunning Capability Brown grounds and resonate with history, from the 14th century exploits of Harry Hotspur, to the grisly Gunpowder Plot. Now renowned as the magical setting for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, as well Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and numerous television programmes, it is true deja vu territory.
The Farne Islands
The Farne Islands lie two to three miles off the Northumberland coast, midway between the fishing village of Seahouses and the magnificent castle of Bamburgh. As well as being the most famous sea bird sanctuary in the British Isles, they also have a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals. With their many wrecks at varying depths, good visibility and outstanding wildlife and marine life, the islands are popular with divers. The Bamburgh Castle Inn welcomes divers and diving parties.
Other Historical Places of Interest
Famous for its History, the Northumberland coast and its surrounding areas have a plethora of castles to visit within driving distance of the Inn. Ayton Castle, Warkworth Castle. Floors Castle, Edlingham Castle, Norham Castle, Duns Castle, Dunstunburgh Castle, Diliston Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Chillingham Castle and Etal Castle all provide opportunities for you and the family to take in Northumberland's history and outstanding natural beauty. To step back in time, why not visit one of the region's country estates? Ford and Etal, Caragside, Ayton and Paxton House provide excellent oportunities for an educational and active insight into historic Northumberland for you and the family.
The Inn itself is situated at the heart of sporting Northumberland. With many golf courses, shooting and diving destinations and walking and cycling routes, the inn's proximity to these destinations allows us to cater for groups and Individuals alike. Goswick, Bamburgh, Alnmouth, Berwick, Seahouses and Dunstonburgh all provide a tough test in links golf. For diving enthusiasts, St Abb's shore diving provides one of the UK's most enthralling destinations. For country sports, both Bywell shooting ground and the river Tweed make shooting and fishing a viable option when staying with us at the inn.