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The Bamburgh Castle Inn's insider tips about what to see and do nearby

Make the most of your time at The Bamburgh Castle Inn with our insider’s tips on the best things to see and do nearby…

If it’s sunny
For a world class and FREE experience take a walk along the miles of pristine beaches surrounding The Bamburgh Castle Inn. They’re consistently voted amongst the best in the country.

If it’s rainy
An indoor kids’ play area, amusement arcades and swimming pool are all on the doorstep to keep little ones happy if rain stops outdoor play. At nearby Bamburgh explore the Grace Darling Museum, whose heroic rescue of stricken passengers on the islands opposite The Bamburgh Castle Inn is recounted here. It’s a famous sight, but be sure to visit our namesake magnificent Bamburgh Castle. Bamburgh Castle Inn guests enjoy 10% discount off admission.

Feel like shopping?
Pop into the Farne Gift Shop just next door to The Bamburgh Castle Inn. It’s a cornucopia of finds including kites to soar on the beach, too. The Main Street has lots of independent shops selling local produce and gifts.

For culture vultures
St Aidan’s Church at Bamburgh founded on the site of the present church in 635 by Saint Aidan. A shrine marks the spot where St Aidan is believed to have died.

For thrill seekers
With many a sheltered bay and with miles of beaches all around, there are lots of great water based activities to enjoy. Jump, scramble and swim around the coastline with Adventure Northumberland’s coasteering activities. If horse riding is your thing, then saddle up for an exhilarating gallop along the sands with Slate Hall Riding Centre in Seahouses.

Must not miss
A visit the Farne Islands is rated by Sir David Attenburgh as one of the UK’s top wildlife experiences. See the UK’s largest grey seal colony, up to 23 varieties of seabirds including the colourful puffin and look out for dolphins, whales and porpoises which are often spotted. Boat trips leave from the harbour beneath the Bamburgh Castle Inn. 

Visit the Farne Islands

No trip to Northumberland is complete without a visit to the famous Farne Islands. Declared by Sir David Attenborough as his favourite place in the UK to see nature at its best, the Farne Islands are a must visit destination.

The islands themselves have been home to St Cuthbert, the famous Anglo Saxon monk, bishop and hermit and of course Victorian heroine, Grace Darling.

Take a boat trip from Seahouses harbour to see thousands of breeding pairs of sea birds and one of the UK's largest grey seal colonies. Several boat companies operate from the quay beneath The Bamburgh Castle Inn.

Chillingham Wild Cattle

For the first time in over 300 years the rare Chillingham wild cattle herd has reached over 100 in number.

Completely wild, you can see these magnificent rare creatures in their natural habitat at Chillingham, which is just a short drive from the Bamburgh Castle Inn. 

Pay a visit to Chillingham Castle too, reputedly one of the most haunted in the country. 

Find out more here.

Take a photography course with Northumberland Photo Training

Join professional photographer Andy Craig on a two-hour photo trail on the Northumberland Coast.

Boasting one of the most scenic coastlines on our doorstep, you will be spoilt for choice on what to train your lense on.

From coastal castles to stunning rock formations, wildlife and a dazzling array of flora and fauna, Andy will guide you to the best spots to capture that all important 'wow factor' shot.

Find out more at Northumberland Photo Training

Bamburgh Castle

Iconic Bamburgh Castle – whom our inn takes its name from – towers over the sands some three miles away.

Enjoy views to this magnificent castle, once seat of the Royal Kings of Northumbria, from our sea view lounge. Bamburgh Castle is open all year round. Look out for events and activities taking place there, too.

Bamburgh Castle Inn guests enjoy 10% discount off admission rates – just ask a member of our staff for details. 

Lindisfarne Priory

One of the most famous attractions in the North East, a trip to Lindisfarne Priory is a must.

The original home of the precious Lindisfarne Gospels, Lindisfarne Priory was ransacked by marauding Vikings.

Today, these peaceful ruins make for a great day out on Holy Island – a tidal island cut off by the mainland twice daily by the North Sea.

For more information and opening times click here.



Lindisfarne Castle

This famous Northumberland landmark has been a fort and the holiday retreat of a wealthy Edwardian bachelor.  

Enjoy wraparound views from Lindisfarne Castle and explore celebrated gardener Gertrude Jekyll's enchanting walled garden, tucked beneath the castle.

Make sure you check the tide times for safe crossing of the causeway here. Why not pop into our sister inn, The Lindisfarne Inn for a good bite to eat? 

The National trust flag flies when the castle is open. For more details on openting times and visitor information click here.  

Visit Northumberland

The beauty of Northumberland is that there is so much going on – whatever the weather!

Get inspired with advice and suggestions on an array of activities from walking and cycling to birdwatching and even broom stick training at www.visitnorthumberland.com

You'll find details of the latest events taking place in Northumberland from food festivals to puffin celebrations. 

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

Get up close to Northumberland's incredible array of wildlife with a Northern Experience Wildlife Tour.

From mini safaris to prestige tours, Northern Experience Wildlife Tours offer exclusive, guided, birdwatching, photography and wildlife tours.

With spectacular wildlife including Black Grouse, Peregrine, Goshawk, Osprey, Roseate Tern, Grey Seal, Otter, Red Squirrel, Wild Goat, Roe Deer, Minke Whale and White-beaked Dolphin, Northumberland has something for everyone.

Whether you are young or old, new to birdwatching and wildlife tours or already experienced, Northern Experience will improve your chances of finding these beautiful creatures.

Find out more here

Guided Walks

With some of the country's most famous trails passing through Northumberland, including the North Sea Trail, St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way, get more from your hike with a guided walk.

Glean inside information, local knowledge and a sherpa service from guided walking companies operating locally including Footsteps Sherpa Van and Shepherds Walks

Dive the Farne Islands

With their rich and varied marine wildlife, an abundance of wrecks, good visibility and excellent choice of dives, the Farne Islands have dives to suit everyone — and The Bamburgh Castle Inn is diver friendly.

Local dive operators include Billy Shiel www.farne-islands.com and Sovereign Diving www.sovereigndiving.co.uk.

This is Northumberland

Handy information about Northumberland covering events, activities and insider tips to make the most of your stay with us.

Visit  www.thisisnorthumberland.com for more details. 

Northumbria Days Out

Northumberland has a wealth of attractions just waiting to be discovered! This handy photo eBook reveals hidden gems as well as Northumberland's most famous sites.

Find out more. 

Our Coast Our Sea

Fascinating facts and things to do on the Northumberland Coast which is just on The Bamburgh Castle Inn's doorstep.

Activities and fun for all ages. See www.ourcoastoursea.org.uk for more details.