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Bamburgh Castle is reopening

Bamburgh Castle grounds will reopen from Monday March 29th 2021

Francis Watson Armstrong owner of Bamburgh Castle rests against one of the 1400 year old cannons which overlook the Northumberland Coast. The castle is reopening its grounds to visitors on Monday 29th of March.

Bamburgh Castle will reopen later this month in line with the Government’s easing of England’s national lockdown restrictions.

From Monday 29 March the gates to 1400-year-old Bamburgh Castle will open to visitors once again, when the Government’s planned roadmap gives the green light for heritage sites to reopen their grounds for recreational purposes.

It is also the earliest date when the ‘Stay at Home’ message is set to be lifted, allowing people to meet outside in groups up to a maximum of six, or with one other household.

Francis Watson-Armstrong, owner of Bamburgh Castle said: “We are excited to be working towards Bamburgh Castle opening for visitors once again after being closed for almost 150 days. We are, however, acutely mindful that the lockdown roadmap is subject to change and we will be following Government advice and regulations closely.

“While the castle has been closed for an unprecedented period of time, we’ve been busy behind the scenes carrying out essential maintenance to conserve the fabric of the castle and its collections and making ongoing preparations to welcome visitors and staff back securely.”

Mr Watson-Armstrong added: “Bamburgh Castle was one of the first attractions in the country to be awarded the industry standard ‘We’re Good To Go’ in recognition of our rigorous Covid-secure measures. We’ve bolstered that with the addition of a further quality assurance, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s global Safe Travels stamp.

“The safety of our visitors and staff remains our absolute priority. As before, we’ll be operating enhanced cleaning, social distancing and one-way routes, limiting visitor numbers and installing additional WC facilities and hand sanitiser stations throughout the site. The rule of six or visiting with one other household regulations will also apply.”

Once the Anglo-Saxon capital of Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle is famed for being the real Last Kingdom of Bebbanburg in Bernard Cornwell’s epic television series and historical novel set. Visitors exploring the castle’s grounds will be able to discover why England’s finest coastal fortress has been the ultimate defensive stronghold for thousands of years with guides and outdoor re-enactors narrating its past.

Mr Watson-Armstrong said: “While the castle’s indoor areas remain temporarily closed, until 17 May, reopening our grounds will give visitors the chance to explore one of the region’s most spectacular open-air locations and experience one of the most unique coastal viewpoints Britain has to offer.

“It will be a tremendous opportunity for people in the region to visit a landmark they’re so familiar with from the outside, but perhaps have never managed to step within its gates and see the views from inside our walls.”

Regular four-legged castle visitor Marley the mini pony will be one of the first to trot into the castle ready to welcome visitors when it re-opens at 10.00am.

Due to current Government restrictions, the castle’s staterooms and Armstrong and Aviation Museum will remain closed until May 17 at the earliest. A takeaway food and drink outlet will temporarily replace the castle’s indoor Clock Tower Tearooms.

While tickets will be available to purchase at the gate, visitor numbers will be restricted to allow for safe social distancing. Pre booked advance tickets are recommended priced at £6.00 for adults / £3.00 children / £16 family (two adults and up to three dependants aged up to 16) can be booked here.

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