Idyllic coastal village with a population of 400. Bamburgh probably first became a tourist village in Victorian times when local 22 year old girl Grace Darling helped her father,(the local lighthouse keeper), rescue the survivors from The S.S.Forfarshire when it was driven by a storm onto harcar rocks (part of the Farne islands) on 7th September 1838. Grace Darling made front page in all the national papers and even a young Queen Victoria, who was aged 19 at the time, sent Grace £50.00 in recognition of her bravery. It is truly an amazing story and there is a modern compact visitor centre called The Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh which I highly recommend you visit.
Top tip: Bamburgh gets thousands of visitors every summer and it can be difficult to park in the centre of the village but there is a free public car park opposite the castle.
6 Best Things to do in Bamburgh
The setting is spectacular with amazing views of the sea, Lindisfarne (holy island) and the broad sweeping beach.
The castle grounds are extensive and well maintained. Open all year round and is one of the few attractions open at weekends during the winter in the area.
Bamburgh castle is a must see for any visitor. £10 per person entrance fee.
The inside state rooms don’t open until 11.00am but they are worth waiting for. A fortress since the sixth Century. Children might like to know that it has a dungeon with bodies!
A visit to the castle followed by a walk on the beach- a perfect day out!
- Bamburgh Beach
Oh, the joys of a proper seaside the sea, the sand, the laughter of children, the sitting and occasional reading, the unbridled pleasure of being together somewhere warm and bright, with the agenda empty but for exploring. Follow me to where the long sandy beach is breathtaking . Here is a three mile beach as wide as a desert and edged by one of the most famous castles in England
This is a modern, compact and interesting museum telling the story of the dramatic sea rescue carried out by Grace and her father.
Free entry with donations accepted and with friendly and helpful volunteer guides.
Situated directly across from St Aiden’s Church, Grace’s burial plot can be seen from the upper floor of the museum.
Several artefacts from the Darling family and period items are on display together with a very large model lighthouse which can be illuminated by the visitor.
A major exhibit is the coble rowing boat used for the rescue giving the visitor a true feeling of the effort and determination needed on that day.
Three quarters of an hour should be sufficient time to allow a good look round with a similar period for the church and grave yard on the other side of the road.
Don’t miss this gem of a visitor centre and if you go on into seahouses find the bar called The Olde Ship and there you will find many fascinating pictures and artefacts connected to S.S.Fofarshire, the scottish paddle steamer that was ship wrecked on the Farne Islands. ( Incidently the most dangerous rocks in England).
- A meal at The Mizen Head restaurant
This is a favourite with the locals and famous for having really good shellfish.
- Enjoy a Becklesberry ice-cream from Noel at The Wynding Well
- Visit R Cartar & Son family butcher shop.
For award winning sausages and bacon. They also sell local cheese and Craster kippers.