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Bamburgh Castle

The Castle

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Standing guard from its rocky outcrop above miles of empty beaches it’s easy to see why this majestic building has such an impressive film and television pedigree.

Sir Tony Robinson Sir Tony Robinson - "I'm pretty passionate about the history of the North East, particularly those mysterious early years of the Northumbrian Dynasty after the Romans had left Britain. So I suppose it was inevitable that someday I would end up at Bamburgh Castle, following in the footsteps of St Aidan. I've enjoyed working there both with 'Time Team' and 'Walking Through History', discovering for myself why people are so fascinated by this colossal piece of architecture. From its Anglo-Saxon origins to its Victorian chimney pots it is bursting with history, and it was great fun helping to recreate the Anglo-Saxon throne which would have played such an important part in the making of this iconic castle."

Dr Michael Scott Dr Michael Scott, Tutor, presenter and historian: "I can think of few more breath-taking locations, few more interesting exhibits and examples of multi-period architecture, few places where history feels so tantalisingly close to your fingertips than Bamburgh Castle - a place made all the more special by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. A must visit."

Drew Pritchard
"Bamburgh Castle is a fascinating and exciting landmark that looks as if it emerged from the cliff face itself. I found the interior spaces inspiring and of a superior quality, and was greeted with a lovely and warm welcome" - Drew Pritchard

Charlie Luxton "Bamburgh Castle has a stunning location, amazing buildings and an incredible history. Worth visiting again and again" Charlie Luxton - Photo © Kate Luxton

From the 1927 drama Huntingtower directed by epic British filmmaker George Pearson to modern day TV series like How the Celts Saved Britain, the castle has welcomed some of the greatest actors and presenters during the course of television and movie history.

Richard Burton came to Bamburgh to shoot scenes for “Becket” with Peter O’Toole in 1964 bringing screen idol Elizabeth Taylor on location with him. It’s harsh beauty and history has captivated directors like Roman Polanski who filmed a violent interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at the castle in 1971. In the same year acclaimed director Ken Russell chose Bamburgh as the backdrop for cult film, “The Devils” starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave.

The castle enjoys more than its fair share of legends and myths. The medieval fortress is thought by many to be the original site of Sir Lancelot's castle, Joyous Garde.

Over the years the castle has starred in many a historical epic including the 1952 adaption “Ivanhoe” starring Elizabeth Taylor, “El Cid” with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren in 1961, the 1972 film "Mary Queen of Scots" with Glenda Jackson and more recently “Elizabeth” with Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes in 1998.

The castle’s archaeological and historical discoveries have featured in the recent BBC series of How the Celts Saved Britain, Coast, Meet the Ancestors and Time Team as well as Sky’s Discovery channel.

Why not follow in the footsteps of the movie greats and visit Bamburgh Castle?