Days Out at Dunstanburgh Castle

Posted 10 Nov 15, written by Amanda Lambert

Northumberland is home to a huge number of quaint coastal and countryside villages - and the characterful seaside village of Craster is no exception. From convenience to culture, this Northumbrian hotspot has plenty of unique activities to occupy tourists and locals alike.

If you’re in the mood to explore, the dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle has something for the whole family. Providing a striking backdrop for the beautiful Embleton Bay, just north of Craster, this formidable fortress overlooks the picturesque region and is a perfect day out for families looking to get lost in nature.
Setting the scene for centuries of war stories and providing some of Northumberland’s very best views, the castle and its grounds are packed with local heritage. So if you’re planning a holiday in Craster, make sure a visit to Dunstanburgh Castle is at the top of your itinerary.

Digging deep at Dunstanburgh 

At Dunstanburgh Castle, history is one of the landmark’s greatest draws. Dating back to 1313, the castle was the scene of several wars and continuous conflicts - being passed between a number of owners since its construction in the 14th century.
Now owned by The National Trust, the ruins stand proudly on the region’s skyline, towering over the stunning Northumberland Coast. Despite extensive damage, the castle’s architectural appeal is undeniable - and visitors from all around the country flock here to marvel at one of Northumberland’s most iconic landmarks.

Time to tee off

If you’re in search of some sporting activity during your trip to Dunstanburgh Castle, golf is always on the agenda. Friendly, fun and always willing to welcome new members, Dunstanburgh Golf Course is known throughout the region for its relaxed atmosphere and comfortable facilities.
Built beside Dunstanburgh Castle in 1900 and later updated in 1922, the 18 hole course stretches 6,298 yards - giving enthusiastic amateurs and seasoned professionals more than enough scope to put their golfing skills to the test.
Thanks to a mouthwatering menu and delicious drinks lineup, you can test your mettle on the course then refuel in Dunstanburgh Golf Course’s restaurant. If you prefer to spectate, take a trip to in the clubhouse and indulge in a delicious local meal as you bask in the breath-taking views.

Exploring Dunstanburgh Castle

If golfing isn’t for you, there are plenty of other ways to spend your stay. From rambling along the region’s coastline en route to the staggering ruins to finding action-packed activities for the whole family, Dunstanburgh Castle has it all.
Northumberland’s expansive countryside gives you a chance get up close and personal with the region’s weird and wonderful wildlife. From Dunstanburgh Castle, walk along the pebbled beach and breathe in the crisp sea air - watching as the waves crash against the rugged coastline.
Whether it’s a guided tour of the remote headland or a solo trip around the castle’s fortress, however you choose to spend your time, a day out at Dunstanburgh Castle is guaranteed to give you an authentic taste of life in Northumberland.
After an action-packed day of exploring, you can relax for the night in any one of our self catering Craster cottages. For a home-from-home in Craster, head to Harbour House - where you’ll find first-class views of the local fishing harbour. And, if you’re searching for dog-friendly cottages in Northumberland, the quaint Beggars Roost and Harbour View properties are both perfect for you and your pooch.
With a calendar of exciting activities planned throughout the year and a huge range of accommodation options, you can enjoy a day out in Northumberland whatever the weather!


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