Bamburgh is by far one of Northumberland’s most renowned villages. Combining rich history with breathtaking 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 which sits on an outcrop of volcanic dolerite at 45m above sea level. The castle's 9-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 Bamburgh 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.
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 3 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.
Walking in and around Bamburgh
Depending on what kind of walking you want to do during your holiday to Bamburgh in Northumberland, there are all sorts of options for you here. You might be the type to just mosey about, in which case the village itself is absolutely charming to potter around. It won't take you long but there are gift shops, small galleries and coffee shops to pop into and the castle is also right in the village so a walk around that might suffice. The village is perched on the edge of the beach so beachy fun is at your fingertips too. Here are some longer and more adventurous walks if you fancy something a bit more energetic...
Bamburgh to Seahouses
The idyllic seaside village of Seahouses sits to the south of Bamburgh on the Northumberland coast. If you have the time during your holiday, this would be a great walk to do so you can experience the charming stretch of coastline between these two Northumbrian towns.
It is a 6.64-mile round trip making this a perfect day out, stopping for a bite to eat and an explore when you reach Seahouses. You can either walk south along the beach, which can add an extra element of fun as you splash in the waves, or you can walk along the St Oswalds was which takes you on a path through fields and quiet country roads – just follow the signs!
Bamburgh to Budle Bay
Going north this time, you can reach the magical beach called Budle Bay. This is a large stretch of beach going further inland than the other beaches in Northumberland and here you will find huge mudflats that become exposed at low tide. This is a particularly good spot for those who are into birdwatching as thousands of sea birds come to migrate here over winter, so remember to take the binoculars.
There is a lovely circular walk which starts at the car park of Bamburgh Castle. Follow the coastal road north west to Bamburgh Moor and Budle Point passing sand dunes, rock formations. You can take in beautiful views of the coastline and over to the island of Lindisfarne. After reaching Kiln Point turn south towards Budlde along footpaths passing through farmland, you will then reach the B1342 which you can follow all the way back to the castle.
Bamburgh to Alnmouth
For a longer challenge, you could take on an 18-mile coastal walk south to the village of Alnmouth. You simply follow the well-maintained and well-signposted coastal path all the way south to Alnmouth. You will find a wonderful mixture of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, ancient castles, fishing villages and an amazing variety of wildlife. You'll also find the local Northumbrian people you will meet along the way to be friendly and welcoming, which makes it even better. If you plan to get a bus or a taxi back to Bamburgh it will give you some time to explore Alnmouth while you are in the area. Why not read our full guide to Alnmouth?
If you decide to take on any of these walks you will be sure to see loads of wildlife along the way. Here are some species commonly spotted off the Northumbrian coastline:
- Grey seals
- Pinkfooted Graylag Geese
- Grey Plovers
- Bar-tailed Godwits
For even more inspiration take a look at our guide to 10 things to do on the Northumberland coast.
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.
Come and stay in our Bamburgh holiday cottages
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.
Here are some of our favourite holiday homes in Bamburgh:
Browse our full range of Bamburgh cottages to rent which will act as the perfect base for your holiday in Northumberland. We have cottages ranging from romantic cottages sleeping two to family-friendly and dog-friendly holiday homes welcoming everyone!
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