Bamburgh is by far one of Northumberland’s most renowned villages. Combining rich history with breath-taking backdrops and world-class landmarks, this attractive civil parish sits on the acclaimed Northumberland coast and is the perfect location for a UK holiday.
Dominated by its magnificently striking castle and boasting impressive stretches of golden sandy beaches, Bamburgh has a lot to offer holidaymakers. From a fascinating museum to a fine array of eateries, a wealth of water sports, walking, cycling and golf, you won’t be short of fun things to do.
Things to do in Bamburgh
Bamburgh Castle is a 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. You can’t fail to be impressed by the sheer scale of this mighty fortress. There are several nearby spots that will give you the best view Bambrugh Castle.
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 castle.
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 rescue nine survivors from the wrecked SS Forfarshire.
Bamburgh Castle Golf Club is one of the most scenic golf courses in Britain boasting views of Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands, the Cheviots and Bamburgh Castle. With golf courses-a-plenty in this part of Northumberland, you could also enjoy a round at the popular 18-hole Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course, which is nearby and designed by the great golf course architect James Braid.
The Farne Islands can be reached by boat from Seahouses, which is just three miles down the coast from Bamburgh. Owned by the National Trust, these islands are home to puffins, a colony of grey seals and a variety of other types of interesting birds – don’t forget your camera!
Heatherslaw Light Railway is fun for all the family and about half an hour’s drive from Bamburgh. It’s full steam ahead as this 15-inch gauge steam railway runs a charming route from Heatherslaw Station across to Etal Castle with picturesque views of the River Till – kids are sure to have fun spotting the copious riverside wildlife along the way. The return journey lasts 50 minutes and it’s a magical way to see the surrounding Northumberland countryside.
Places to eat in Bamburgh
The Apple Core is a family-owned restaurant in the heart of Bamburgh, combining 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 - 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.
The Bamburgh 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 well-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.
Be sure to have a look at our top five spots for afternoon tea in Bamburgh and across the rest of Northumberland, to sample some of the best the county has to offer.
If you have been inspired to visit the lovely village of Bamburgh, we hope you have a wonderful experience. All of our holiday 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.
For even more inspiration take a look at our guide to 10 things to do on the Northumberland coast.