Bamburgh itself is steeped in history and the castle, built in the 1200's rises out of the rock face, dominating the settlement of stone houses and cottages in this area of great natural beauty.  There are two or three small village stores and four pubs, serving food and bar snacks.

Three miles away to the south of Bamburgh lies the fishing village of Seahouses with a larger selection of shops and supermarkets.

 

The county town of Alnwick is approximately twenty miles away. This has many interesting features, including the the Duchess of Northumberland`s Millennium Garden and Alnwick Castle, home to the Percy family. This is open to the public throughout the summer and houses a wealth of china and furnishings that make a visit a top priority.

 

Berwick upon Tweed is approximately half an hour’s drive to the North and is an interesting border town to explore, with the river Tweed an added attraction for fishermen. For walkers, there are many beautiful areas to explore and for those who are more experienced, a climb to the summit of the Cheviot is well worth the effort for the views from the top.

 

The nearby Lindisfarne Nature Reserve is a famous centre for birdwatchers for whom a trip to the Farne Islands is essential - especially in July and early August when the islands are over-run with Puffin and Tern.  In the nesting season some sort of head-gear is strongly recommended, as the Tern are highly protective of their young and are prone to "dive-bombing" anything they consider a threat, including human scalps!  Boat trips go over to the Farnes on a regular basis during the holiday season, from Seahouses.

 

Bamburgh is an ideal base from which to discover and explore this very diverse County and to go further afield to the Scottish Borders, Edinburgh, The Lake District or County Durham - we hope you will come and see it for yourselves.