Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh, Northumberland, England — 31 July 2009

‘...Throw in spectacular coastal castles and beautiful gardens, and you have the classic ingredients of an old-fashioned seaside holiday’Nigel Richardson, travel writer

Apparently, Northumberland and the north-east of England were Britain’s up-and-coming holiday destinations of 2009. Bamburgh has one of the country’s best beaches. One look at the sky over Bamburgh Castle might tell you why visitors weren’t flocking to the beach in Bamburgh in July.

However, I flocked to the beach with my family, for an hour or two anyway. And we led the charge into the sea. Actually, it was just us in the sea and when we got out we headed straight back to Bamburgh village, to the Copper Kettle Tearooms for hot chocolate and tea-cakes. Then back to the Garden Cottage, next door to Grace Darling’s birthplace, a short distance from the RNLI Grace Darling Museum and overlooking Grace Darling’s memorial in St Aidan’s churchyard.

As well as its many places of Grace Darling interest, Bamburgh isn’t short of pubs with food either; we tried The Mizen Head, The Victoria, the Castle and The Lord Crewe. We also spent some time in The Olde Ship in Seahouses, The Jolly Fisherman in Craster and The Crown and Anchor on Holy Island. The Treehouse at Alnwick Garden also had a nice drop of its own beer.

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bamburgh castle
grace darling museum
Grace Darling Museum sign, Bamburgh

jolly fisherman, craster
The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

treehouse, alnwick
Treehouse beer, Alnwick Garden

holy island
Fishing boats,Holy Island


st aidan, holy island
Statue of
St Aidan,

Holy Island

dunstanburgh castle
Dunstanbugh Castle, near Embleton
grace darling museum rnli