Visitors will have longer to explore a 1,400-year old slice of North East history when Bamburgh Castle reopens seven days a week from Monday. 10 February.
Bamburgh Castle will be unlocking the main house’s centuries-old doors from 10am each day giving the thousands of visitors from across the globe who flock to Bamburgh each year extra time to enjoy what is one of Britain’s largest inhabited castles.
It is the first time the castle has opened so early since it first began welcoming visitors in the 1950s.
Covering an incredible nine acre site, Will Douglas, Bamburgh Castle’s Visitor Services Manager, says there is a lot for visitors to see at what was once the royal capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria.
“With centuries of jaw-dropping history, 14 staterooms with thousands of priceless pieces, including archaeological finds, artworks, ceramics, curios and furniture, the Armstrong and Aviation museums, and not forgetting our cracking sea views and a packed programme of events and activities, there’s a lot for our visitors to experience.
“Having that extra time will allow visitors to really take everything in and make the most of their time with us. Bamburgh Castle offers a great day out no matter what your age, and we are delighted to be able to ensure there is plenty of time to explore our fantastic historical surroundings.”
There is an exciting year of activities and events planned at Bamburgh Castle to add an extra dimension to visitors to Bamburgh’s experience.
Will added: “There will be new alpaca mini treks around the castle grounds, open air cinema nights and outdoor performances, family and pet photoshoots, and an Anglo Saxon Week, to name just a few. We also have some other exciting surprises up our sleeve that we’ll be sharing soon.”
Visitors will be able to explore new room layouts and interpretations, plan their trip on the castle’s new website and book discounted advance tickets online. There are new family-friendly pursuits, with an updated treasure trail and activities pack, medieval knight costume dressing up and outdoor games.
The castle is canine friendly, with dogs on leads welcome to explore the castle’s grounds and inside the Armstrong and Aviation Museum and Victorian Stables bar.
Open at weekends all year round, Bamburgh Castle will begin its new earlier opening hours from Monday, February 10.