Northumberland Coast and Castles

There is no better place to spend a few days in the summer than the Northumberland coast. Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England, many of which are strategically positioned on the coast. The number of castles is due to the Border Wars from 14th to 16th centuries.

This is Alnwick castle which is the home of Percy family, the famous Henry ‘Harry Hotspur’ Percy was born here in 1364.

P1430622Alnwick castle has stone figures along the battlements, apparently this was the fashion in the 1300’s and other Northumbrian castles had them. Alnwick castle is probably more famous now for being used as the set for the Harry Potter films.


Some of the castles are now just ruins, like Dunstanburgh castle. Looking very dramatic from Newton beach, which is a lovely sandy cove, a great place for a walk before crab sandwiches for lunch at the local pub.P1430628

Bamburgh castle was the seat of the King’s of Northumberland , in 1465 the castle fell during the Wars of the Roses. It was restored to it’s former glory by Lord William Armstrong who lived at Cragside.P1430651

The castle dominates the whole village of BamburghP1430655It is a very quaint village and one of my favourite places to visit.

P1430653It has a wonderful long sandy beach, this view of the castle has been a backdrop in many films.P1430659Bamburgh was the birthplace of Grace Darling, or Grey Starling as I thought she was called when I came here on a school trip when I was about 7. Grace lived with her father, the lighthouse keeper on Longstone, which is one of the Farne Islands.

During a storm Grace saw the wreck of the Forfarshire on some rocks, she and her father rowed out and rescued the survivors. Grace’s act of great courage resulted in her becoming very famous, this is where she is buried in the churchyard in Bamburgh.

These are pictures of some of the Farne islands, including Longstone.P1430660


Bamburgh castle from the beach. If the sun is out there are no finer beaches in the country, although the sea is always cold.P1340268

It’s a lovely, if not bracing place for a walk, but I have been sand blasted when the wind picks up.P1230054

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to some of Northumberland’s coastal castles, Northumberland has about 70 castles in all so it’s a great place to visit.


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7 Responses to Northumberland Coast and Castles

  1. Helen says:

    I love Bamburgh… and all that coast. I remember a fabulous walk I took one Spring, many years ago, along the cliff to Dunstanburgh. The sun was hot and the smell of the gorse was almost overpowering. 😊

  2. eganj1 says:

    Hi Helen, thanks for your comments. I have done that walk too, in windy weather, very dramatic too.

  3. Rena Solis says:

    Thank you for another delightful tour. I’m trying to imagine what it would have been like to live in a castle. I had no idea there are so many surviving.

  4. It really does look like a beautiful place to visit!

  5. eganj1 says:

    It is Amy, and not that touristy either

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