The King's Hall

Built on the site of the medieval Great Hall, the King's Hall is a Victorian masterpiece.

The King's HallIts magnificent false hammer beam ceiling is made with teak from Thailand, then called Siam. The King of Siam, a good friend of Lord Armstrong who visited Bamburgh, is said to have helped carve some of the intricate designs. The King's Hall was to be the castle's main social reception and banqueting room. Lord Armstrong built a minstrel's gallery where the musicians playing at the balls performed.

During the gaiety of Edwardian society the castle hosted many great balls. Guests included the Duke of Cambridge, a grandson of King George III and longest serving commander-in-chief of the British Army. Balls were dazzling affairs and likened by the press of the time to "beautiful fashion parades" where "quite the most swagger gowns imaginable were worn." But the castle's exposed position could play cheeky havoc with revellers. One social report refers to a "venomous North-Easterly wind" which "tore wickedly around fluffy skirts".

Today, the grandeur of the King's Hall coupled with the fairy-tale location of Bamburgh provides a stunning and memorable backdrop for weddings.

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