Day out at beautiful Bamburgh

Day out at beautiful Bamburgh

22nd July 2018 35 By Rachael Stray

A day out at beautiful Bamburgh is a day well spent in my opinion which is why I couldn’t wait to share the experience with the hubby this summer.

When I was little our summer holidays were spent at Beadnell where we would rent a little cottage for a week and we’d usually pay Bamburgh a visit as it’s only 5 miles away.

On a sunny Saturday morning we decided to pop in the car and head to Bamburgh for the day.

From our home in County Durham it took us about an hour and 20 minutes door to door; Bamburgh is about an hour from Newcastle which is nothing really.

Bamburgh is a stunningly pretty small village set on the Northern stretch of the wonderful Northumberland Coast.

It’s dominated by the striking “King of Castles” Bamburgh Castle which dominates the skyline and can be seen for miles around.

You can’t fail to be impressed by the sheer scale of the castle once you are up close and in the village itself.

Bamburgh is steeped in history and there’s loads to do in the village.

Of course you can pay a visit to the castle but there’s also impressive stretches of pure golden sandy beaches, a variety of proper English tea rooms and restaurants, St Aidan’s Church and a newly renovated museum dedicated to Grace Darling and lots more!

We found a little car park right by the beach and we were pleased to see it was free.

We decided to go for a walk along the beach first.

It’s dog friendly and there were plenty of pooches behaving well and having a whale of a time. Families, friends and couples alike were making the most of a beautiful day on a gorgeous beach.

I think it’s one of my favourite beaches and often gets forgotten about by families as they make a beeline to Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and South Shields – also great beaches and days out!

We worked up quite an appetite after our good walk along the golden sand so we decided to head into the village for some lunch.

There’s pubs, restaurants and tea rooms offering quite a variety of traditional and local dishes which means you’re quite spoilt for choice really.

We decided on having lunch at the Lord Crewe Hotel. There’s a section of the restaurant which is dog friendly which leads to the beer garden area which was really busy.

We opted for the other section as we don’t have a pet pooch and wanted a break from the sun.

As soon as we headed inside we were warmly welcomed and shown to a table.

The décor is lovely and fresh and I loved all the tartan touches.

They have quite an extensive drinks menu but we both chose alcohol-free options – coke for me and an apple Britvic 55 for Steve.

There’s lots of choice on the food menu too, light bites, cake, starters, soup, sandwiches and larger meals too.

Naturally I went for the North Sea crab sandwich served with salad and crisps (£8) while Steve plumped for the grilled steak sandwich (£10). We shared a side of fries (£2.50) too.

We didn’t wait too long at all for our meals to arrive and we quickly dug in.

I absolutely love crab and always go for it if it’s on a menu and I wasn’t disappointed.

The fries were lovely, the salad was fresh and the crisps were nice too but best of all the crab was just delicious.

I genuinely didn’t want the sandwich to end.

Steve’s steak sandwich was packed full of meat and flavour and lots of onions!

He said it was really lovely but maybe a few too many onions even for him.

He still ate every scrap though!

With satisfied tummies it was time to explore the majestic castle.

It’s a bit of a hilly walk up to the castle but it’s so worth it!

It’s only £10.95 per adult for a ticket but there’s a family ticket option too.

For admission prices click here.

The views from the castle walls are just stunning – I wish I’d taken my proper camera with me but I still need a memory card!

We had lots of fun posing with the canons outside before we ventured inside the castle itself.

The state rooms are really impressive and there’s so much to see.

You are allowed to take pictures inside but not flash photography or camcorders.

There’s also a dungeon, impressive armoury, paintings, family pictures and an archaeology museum too where you can even try on some helmets for yourself (they’re heavier than you think).

There’s lots to see outside the main castle too including the Armstrong and Aviation Museum which has lots of models inside.

You can also watch the archaeologists on a real dig within the castle grounds to hopefully uncover more of the rich history of the castle.

You can find out more about the Bamburgh research project here.

We had a fabulous time exploring the castle and you could easily spend a whole day there.

As we made our descent to the village we saw lots of formally dressed people making their way to the castle to attend a wedding – what a stunning place to get married!

To finish off our day out we decided to cool down with an ice-cream so we popped into Wyndenwell which also serves food.

I had rich chocolate and Steve had his usual mint chocolate chip – with a flake of course.

And then we had a slow stroll back to the car and headed home.

Being at Bamburgh brought back a lot of happy childhood memories and I was so thrilled to make some new memories with Steve.

If we’re blessed with our own family one day we will definitely spend more time at beautiful Bamburgh.

Getting to Bamburgh

Bamburgh is easily accessible by car, being just a few miles from the A1.
Parking can be a little bit difficult in peak times, but there is a large public car park just off the main road as you enter the Village from the South, opposite the Castle.
There is also limited on street parking throughout the Village and further parking by the Coast, accessed via ‘The Wynding’. Postcode for your SatNav: NE69 7DF
We found a car park near the beach and it was free.
Bamburgh is a stop on the Arriva “Newcastle – Morpeth – Amble – Alnwick – The Coast – Berwick” which is the service between Newcastle and Berwick on their X18 route. Multi journey tickets are available and you can get more information here.

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