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Covid-19 Updates

16th May 2020

Following the latest Government announcement (Sunday 10th May 2020) and the release of further guidance we want to share Bamburgh Castle’s plans towards a careful and covid-safe reopening.

Though Bamburgh Castle may appear closed from the outside, we have a team dedicated not only to preserving and maintaining England’s finest castle, but who are making thorough preparations and plans right now, so that when we reopen we do so in a way that is covid-safe for you, our visitors, our staff and our local community.

We’re consulting with local authorities, Northumbria Police, destination management agencies including Visit Britain as well as external security and other safety specialists.

We’re taking all of this expertise and embedding it as our foundations for a reopening plan that will be phased and thought out in every way to give you the utmost of confidence to visit and enjoy Bamburgh Castle and grounds.

This includes working towards being a recognised Covid-Safe visitor attraction in conjunction with Visit Britain, risk assessments, protective equipment (PPE), signage, safe routes, staff training , accessibility along with a whole raft of other vital steps that we will have fully in place before we open our gates.

Your safety and health and that of our staff and the local community is our absolute priority.

We felt it was important to share our planning processes, so you understand our reasons for not opening too quickly and understand why Bamburgh Castle along with our facilities on the estate including Car Parks and self-catering holiday properties remain CLOSED and why we’re urging you to stay at home for just a few more weeks.

We know just how much Bamburgh means to so many and appreciate how frustrating it is not being able to escape the claustrophobia of lockdown to drive out to the Northumberland coast and visit not just the castle but Bamburgh village and our beautiful beaches, or even to your second home or caravan here.

Please be patient and help us protect our community here in Bamburgh by not driving to visit. The car parks are closed. There are no public toilets open and sadly no pubs or restaurants to visit.

We cannot wait to welcome you – our visitors, friends and supporters – to Bamburgh Castle once again and will be announcing details of our reopening as soon as we can.

In the meantime, please show your support and consideration for a community you love and protect yourselves and all of our families by staying at home for just a little longer.


22nd March 2020
We have made the very difficult decision to temporarily close Bamburgh Castle until further notice due to the current Coronavirus situation.

The well-being of our staff and visitors is our absolute priority. We fully support and follow the Government’s advice to people with regard to social distancing.

Over the centuries that it has stood, Bamburgh Castle, its people and the surrounding community have shown a resilience and strength as tough as the Whin Sill the castle is built upon. We will get through these difficult days together and look forward to happier times when we can welcome you once again to our beloved Bamburgh Castle.

In the meantime, we wish you continued health and wellbeing in these challenging times.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Francis Watson Armstrong and family

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