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Nestled on the Northumberland Coast

Bamburgh is seen as one of the most beautiful small villages in all of England, and you’ll find it right on the Northern stretch of the Northumberland Coast. Although it’s a small village, there’s plenty of tourist attractions in this stunning place. If you want to go there for a short holiday, you won’t be short of things to do and discover. From historical sightseeing to walks along Bamburgh beach, there's a plethora of activities to keep you entertained.

Step back in time at Bamburgh Castle

The first thing you’ll notice in Bamburgh is the big castle that dominates the village. It sits high on a rocky perch and spans across a whopping nine acres of land, as it has done for 1,400 years.

Bamburgh Castle is one of the main reasons so many people come to this village for a holiday, especially as it’s one of the most impressive castles in the country, and a joy to walk around. There’s so much history inside the castle walls; you can spend an entire day exploring it.

The castle has featured in several film productions, including blockbusters like Transformers and Frontier too, making it a great spot for film buffs. Today, the castle is privately owned by the Armstrong family and it’s perfect for groups of holidaygoers or individuals looking for something interesting to do – the grounds are also dog-friendly.

view of bamburg beach

Bask in the beauty of Bamburgh Beach

Often considered a crown jewel of Northumberland’s coast, Bamburgh Beach is a pristine stretch of sand that finds itself cradled between the iconic Bamburgh Castle and the vast expanse of the North Sea.

As you delve into the myriad of things to do in Bamburgh, a stroll or picnic on this beach undoubtedly tops the list. The rhythmic dance of waves against the shore and the distant silhouette of the Farne Islands beckon nature enthusiasts, photographers, and romantics.

Whether you’re looking to lose yourself in the pages of a novel with the castle as your backdrop, or eager to capture the perfect sunrise shot, Bamburgh Beach offers a serene yet invigorating escape. 

Food and drink in Bamburgh village

When it comes to dining in Bamburgh village, you’re spoiled for choice. The Lord Crewe Arms, a historic coaching inn, offers an exquisite dining experience with a menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients.

For seafood lovers, The Potted Lobster is a must-visit, where you can savour fresh catches from the nearby coast. Just a stone’s throw away is the Castle Inn, providing traditional pub fare with picturesque views of Bamburgh Castle.

Play A Few Rounds Of Golf

One of the best things about Bamburgh is that it can boast its very own 18-hole golf course at Bamburgh Castle. This course is one of the greatest in the land, thanks to its stunning views. It’s perched up high and gives a great view of the Bamburgh Castle and village. The course is great for people looking to unwind and enjoy a scenic round of golf, and, if you get hungry, the Bamburgh Clubhouse Bar & Restaurant  serves up  food and is open all year round.

Bamburgh Golf Course - Northumberland

Walk or cycle along the coast

If you want a beautiful coastline, then Bamburgh is the place to be. It’s well-known as an excellent base for walkers and cyclists. There are plenty of amazing trails you can walk or cycle along, so take your pick. Head North towards the gorgeous Budle Bay, not only is this place stunning, but it’s a prime location for bird watchers. You can spot lots of unique species here such as the Grey Plover and the Purple Sandpiper. You can also opt for shorter day walks, like the picturesque 10-mile route to Newton-by-the-Sea via Seahouses and Beadnell.

If cycling is more your thing, then start off in Bamburgh and make your way along the Northumberland close, and if you’re an avid cyclist, there’s a  21-mile route that takes you all the way around some beautiful towns and back to Bamburgh.

Historic attractions in Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle isn’t the only slice of history this quaint coastal town offers. Nearby, St. Aidan’s Church, a serene place of worship with roots dating back to the 7th century, offers a glimpse into the area’s early Christian history. Don’t miss a visit to Grace Darling Museum, commemorating the local heroine’s daring rescue at sea in 1838. And if you’re intrigued by the past, take a stroll through the village’s streets, where charming stone cottages and historic landmarks provide a captivating journey through Bamburgh’s rich heritage.

Make a splash with some watersports

Bamburgh has a glorious beach that is a very popular place for watersports. When the weather’s right, you can experience some serious waves that are perfect for surfing or bodyboarding. And, if you’ve never surfed before, then you can get surfing lessons while you’re there.

If you’re planning to explore Bamburgh’s water sports scene, consider KA Adventure Sports for equipment rentals and lessons in kayaking, paddleboarding, and coasteering. Additionally, Bamburgh offers excellent surfing lessons through NE Surf School, conveniently located at the Further Beach Car Park, adjacent to Bamburgh Castle Beach.  This beach is one of the country’s best locations for surfing, kitesurfing, and sailing. If you want to pass the time, this is the place to be.

Bamburgh Castle
There’s so many fun things for you to do during a holiday in Bamburgh. It’s one of the most popular coastal villages in the UK, and for good reason! If you’re planning on a visit, then our luxury self catering holiday homes are perfectly situated for you and your partner.