Bamburgh and Cragside Estates

While giving Bamburgh Castle a future as a living, breathing attraction to be enjoyed by future generations for centuries to come, the Estate plays a very active part in the community, both at Bamburgh and at Rothbury. Investment and careful guardianship of the landscape and coastline around Bamburgh Castle has contributed towards Bamburgh’s appeal as one of the UK’s most popular destinations offering an outstanding visitor experience.


From its earliest beginnings, Bamburgh Castle has been connected to the village and community. This relationship continues today, with the Estate proudly supporting local businesses, initiatives, charities and community activities.

Year-round appeal

Open all year round, Bamburgh Castle draws visitors from across the globe who eat, drink, stay and explore locally, generating valuable income and employment to businesses and their suppliers.

Bamburgh Castle Green

Used free of charge or at cost by local sports clubs, groups and community organisations

The Pavilion

Built for Bamburgh village by the Fourth Lord Armstrong, The Pavilion remains a vital community hub and social venue.

Heritage Projects

Contributions towards projects celebrating Bamburgh’s remarkable legacy and heritage including Bamburgh War Memorial refurbishment, St Aidan’s Church Hatchment restoration, Bamburgh Bones and Bamburgh Heritage Trust.

In the village

Free parking provided at the Links (off season) and all year round at The Wynding, funding towards Bamburgh Christmas Lights, the refurbishment of the tennis court, care and maintenance of Bamburgh’s historic Grove, maintenance issues around the village.


Passionate about working in harmony with the natural environment to enhance the land and coastline around Bamburgh Castle and Rothbury, the Estate preserves and encourages habitats for native plants and animals and maintains footpaths and waterways.

Conservation grazing
Management of the dune systems and Site of Special Scientific Interest to the south east of the castle by hardy native cattle breeds who enjoy their task of grazing these reserves, promoting biodiversity.

Creating wildlife habitats

Our land is farmed in-house across the estate. This is in stewardship schemes which provide habitats for wildlife, while striking a balance as working farms. As well as putting food out for birds over winter months, fields and margins are sown with crops and flowers to encourage insects to thrive and providing a food source for birds.

The Moor Field

Possibly the UK’s most photographed field, The Moor Field is sown with a mix of plants, selected for nectar and pollen alongside a mix of kale and barley for food and shelter for birdlife. In the summer months it is ablaze with Pink Campion or Phacelia. A spectacle for photographers and onlookers alike, The Moor provides a vital habitat for ground-nesting birds including Skylark and Grey Partridge. As well as being a safe haven by the sea for shelter and providing food for migrating birds, it has a fresh-water bog in the centre which waders use as an alternative to the salted sea water feeding sites.

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