The Castle

Royal Fortress, Norman Stronghold, Coastal Home

Bamburgh Castle has stood guard above the spectacular Northumberland coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

The Legacy of

The Armstrong Empire

Visionary inventor, industrialist and philanthropist William George Armstrong bought Bamburgh Castle in 1894. He set about transforming it into his vision of the archetypal castle. The castle houses his unique collection of artwork, ceramics and objets d’art that Armstrong loved and brought him joy.

Legends, Myths

Ghosts And Dragons

With continual occupation on the castle’s site for thousands of years, Bamburgh enjoys more than its fair share of ghost stories, legends and myths. It is also believed to be the site of Sir Lancelot’s fictitious castle, Joyous Garde.

History

FROM ANGLO SAXON CITADEL TO IMPENETRABLE NORMAN STRONGHOLD

Home to a succession of kings from Henry VI to James 1 and the first castle in the world to fall to gunpowder in the War of the Roses.
A charitable foundation and the coastal landmark that sparked the imagination of William Armstrong.

INSIDE THE CASTLE

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