Holidays in Bamburgh

Northumberland is an English county with some particularly deep roots, home to a number of world-class landmarks - and Bamburgh is by far one of the region's most renowned villages. Combining rich history with breath-taking backdrops, this civil parish sits on the acclaimed Northumberland coast.

Our guide to holidays in Bamburgh includes everything from the castle to the beach - plus, a range of insider tips for finding restaurants and pubs in and around Bamburgh you're sure to love. Then, when you've finished exploring the village during the day, you can relax in one of the very best holiday cottages in Bamburgh.

Things to do in Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle's dramatic fortification sits on an outcrop of volcanic dolerite - at 45m above sea level. The castle's nine acre grounds are home to enlightening audio tours, live archaeological excavations and a gift shop packed with one-of-a-kind local souvenirs.

Bamburgh Beach has been voted one of the best surf spots in the North East, where vast expanses of golden sand meet northerly and easterly swells. A popular spot for dog walkers, horse riders, surfers and even daring kite surfers, this beach is the perfect place for visitors to catch a glimpse of the Farne Islands and Holy Island in the long shadow of Bamburgh's formidable caste.

The RNLI Grace Darling Museum sheds light on a courageous young woman's incredible story and houses a huge collection of commemorative items as well as genuine belongings of this local heroine. Established in 1938, the museum is accessible to everyone and educates people of all ages on the day 22-year-old Grace Darling risked her life to save those of the SS Forfarshire's survivors.

Restaurants in Bamburgh

The Apple Core is a family-owned restaurant in the heart of Bamburgh that combines local charm with a gourmet dining experience. With a menu full of sumptuous starters and mouth-watering crepes, this is without doubt one of the finest restaurants in Bamburgh and well worth a visit during your holiday in the village.

The Mizen Head extends a warm Northumberland welcome to visitors far and wide - and from the mighty surf n' turf to the decadent lobster thermidor, this Bamburgh restaurant's seafood menu is to die for. End your meal with a sample of local favourite 'Bamburgh Mess' for a tasty twist on a much-loved dessert.

Copper Kettle Tearooms is the perfect place for a bite to eat - especially during the afternoon, where you can spend an hour or two in the sun with your four-legged friend. Whether you're in the mood for one of their freshly made sandwiches or can't wait to sample the scones, these charming tearooms are unmissable.

Pubs in Bamburgh

The Castle Inn is an essential rest stop during any visit to Bamburgh, with a dog-friendly beer garden that guarantees lively local atmosphere. Known locally as 'The Middle', this is one of the most popular Bamburgh pubs - and with the village's striking castle offering an incredible backdrop, it's not hard to see why.

The Victoria Hotel is not only one of Bamburgh's finest restaurants but also an excellent place to spend an evening sampling the local booze. As well as being dog friendly, The Victoria Hotel isn't far from the castle - meaning you can explore the historical grounds before retreating here for some hard-earned refreshments.

The Lord Crewe Hotel boasts delicious beers and wines on top of superior service, making it one of the very best pubs in Bamburgh. For an affordable evening full of Northumbrian charm and delicious drinks, look no further.

Getting to Bamburgh

This beautiful Northumbrian village is nestled in the region's stunning rural landscape and located approximately halfway between Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed. No matter how you choose to travel, getting to Bamburgh shouldn't be a problem.

By car: if you're heading northbound on the A1, turn off at Adderstone services, then follow the B1341 for about 5 miles to reach Bamburgh. Alternatively, if you're approaching the village from the north, you can take the B1342.

Parking: you'll find a large, free public car park when entering the village from the south, which is directly opposite Bamburgh Castle. If you are visiting Bamburgh Castle, there is an all-day chargeable car park at Bamburgh Castle which is also ideal for visiting the beach. There is ample street parking throughout the village or by the coast – and to find parking near the castle, enter the postcode NE69 7DF and follow your Sat-Nav.

By bus: the X18 and 418 Arriva bus services both run through Bamburgh and cover the surrounding area. Catch the X18 to travel from Newcastle to Alnwick via Bamburgh, or opt for the 418 to bus between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick.

By train: Bamburgh is 4.4 miles from Chathill, the nearest train station - but, if you're travelling by mainline route, you're better off travelling to Newcastle and taking one of the local bus services from there.

Holiday cottages in Bamburgh

It's easy to find cosy places to stay in Bamburgh, with a huge selection of characterful properties situated in and around the village. From contemporary conversions to traditional cottages, there are a variety of options available when it comes to Bamburgh cottages.

With comfortable self catering accommodation available across Northumberland, you can find a property that's ideally located for your holiday in the region. Cottages in Bamburgh are within walking distance of the magnificent castle and not far from the village's range of lively pubs and restaurants - meaning you'll have easy access to the very best the area has to offer.

Explore our cottages in Bamburgh online today to find your perfect match.