Summer is coming to an end but that does not mean people cannot still have fun travelling, as this gorgeous coastal village should be marked as your next place to visit in the UK due to its incredible history, beaches and castle which towers over the whole area.
Bamburgh is located in Northumberland, England and is a historic village famous for its magnificent 1,400-year-old castle that was once the seat of power for the Kings of Northumbria.
It is also known for its beautiful golden sandy beaches and has been voted Brtain’s best seaside visit and beach according to the consumer brand Which. who surveyed thousands of visitors with most saying they were amazed by how peaceful the beaches were.
One visitor said there was “super-soft sand that stretches as far as the eye can see” while another astonished traveller described Bamburgh as “probably the most beautiful place we have ever been to.”
Another review said they really enjoyed staying at “bloody brilliant Bamburgh” and they could not stop smiling throughout their visit. They wrote: “I love falling back in time at castles and for me, Bamburgh was unassailable in terms of the beauty of the landscape, the sense of awesome of the castle itself inspires and its dripping in fascinating history. I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole time.”
Why visit Bamburgh?
The main attraction of Bamburgh is its mighty castle, where visitors can rediscover its ancient history and learn more about the Anglo-Saxon kingdom that took on the Vikings.
There are several locations that visitors can walk through such as the King’s Hall, the armoury scattered with ancient weapons and the 12th-century keep thought to be the oldest part of the castle.
Not only are visitors welcome, but dogs are allowed inside the castle grounds and the castle cafe. There will also be trained volunteers from the Northumberland Dog Rescue around the castle on selected dates meaning owners can go inside the castle while their pet is in sage sands.
The area is not steeped in history but in stories, myths and legends it is the castle believed to have been the main inspiration of Joyous Gard, which is Lancelot’s castle in the King Arthur legends.
There is also meant to be a ghost called the Pink Lady who haunts the castle, who is thought to have been a Northumbrian princess who jumped off the cliffside after being forbidden from being with the man she wished to marry by her father.
Although it also has a population of around 400, this gorgeous village is also no stranger to Hollywood as Harrison Ford was spotted in the area when filming for the Indiana Jones franchise, and other movies which have been filmed here are Transformers, The BFG and the viking television series The Last Kingdom.
What is there to do in Bamburgh?
Not only is there a castle, but there are dragon hunts inspired by the King Arthur legends, ghost tours and outdoor cinema events around the village meaning there is always something to do in Bamburgh.
The area also holds a museum dedicated to Victorian heroine Grace Horsley Darling, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter who helped rescue nine men who almost died in a tragic shipwreck.
Nearby Bamburgh Castle is the Holy island of Lindisfarne, a historic island that features an ancient priory thought to be the home of St Cuthbert who is said to have been able to heal people. This beautiful island can only be accessed twice a day due to the tide but features many cosy cafes and pubs for anyone looking for a bite to eat.
Bamburgh is also a fantastic spot for food lovers as it is renowned for its fish and chips as well as its seafood dishes which can be tasted at the areas high-quality restaurants in the area.
Places to eat are the Castle Inn, a traditional pub known which allows dogs, The Potted Lobster, a local seafood restaurant, The Hut which provides coffee made on Holy Island and the Clock Tower Tea Room, which is located inside the castle.