Bamburgh’s stunning Northumbrian coastline, historic castle and fascinating wildlife make it one of the northeast’s most beloved and picturesque spots. So, pack your binoculars and stay at one of these hotels and B&Bs near Bamburgh Castle – bookable on Culture Trip.
Nowhere sums up Northumberland’s reputation for historic castles, spectacular coastlines and mystical lore quite like Bamburgh. The oldest part of its imposing fortification dates back more than 850 years, and the castle’s 13ft-thick (4m) stone walls stand strong despite repeated attacks. The area is also famed for the story of local heroine Grace Darling, whose bravery in saving nine shipwrecked sailors in 1838 is proudly told to this day. Explore all this and more from these top hotels and B&Bs in the area.
This Grade II-listed hotel dates back to the 17th century when it was a country inn serving up local fare. And while the interiors are up to date – with seven spacious rooms featuring tartan spreads and ensuite showers – its focus on regional produce remains intact. Here, you can enjoy scampi and mussels fresh from the North Sea, along with the local must-have Craster kippers. Just don’t forget to make a booking – the restaurant is a very popular choice.
Overlooking the harbour in Seahouses – a serene village 10 minutes south of Bamburgh – this hotel offers endless views of the Northumberland coast and out towards the Farne Islands. Boat trips to the islands – featuring cameo appearances from puffins, guillemots, cormorants and grey seals – depart from the harbour. Pick a room with a balcony, and there’s a good chance you won’t need sea legs for a glimpse of the all-star cast. Accessible rooms for those with limited mobility are also available.
Kate and Wilf are the welcoming hosts at this hotel in a quiet conservation area in Seahouses. Here, 1mi (1.6km) inland, you’re spared the North Sea’s bracing coastal whip, with the beach an easy 15-minute walk away. For golfers raring to try a challenging links course, Seahouses Golf Club is a three-minute drive. The area is a popular spot for divers, and the hosts offer packed breakfasts for those setting off for an early-morning scuba.
Lord Derwentwater III once owned this manor house, and its period royal-red interiors retain a sense of Georgian splendour. It also means the rooms are spacious, complete with extravagantly floral drapes and upholstery, mahogany desks and cabinets, and luxurious four-poster beds. A hearty breakfast is included and features local favourites such as Bamburgh sausage, Craster kippers, salmon and Northumberland black pudding.
If the isolated Farne Island surroundings aren’t peaceful enough, this hotel throws in the bonus of being adults-only. It means the only excitable chirping you’ll hear will come from the island’s famous puffins. This brightly coloured B&B places you at the heart of this beautiful nature reserve, popular with divers, birdwatchers and wildlife photographers. The rooms here all include king-size pocket-sprung beds, power showers and baths – and two rooms come with patios and outside dining tables.
This dog-friendly hotel, by the sandy cove of Beadnell Bay, is a 12-minute drive south of Bamburgh Castle. You can enjoy all manner of water sports from here – with outlets in the village offering rental services for everything from kitesurfing to stand-up paddleboarding. The Northumberland-themed hotel features 18 immaculately designed rooms, each named after a local term. Take the Beeld room – meaning stone shelter – which features herringbone-patterned blue chairs, vintage frames, hand-painted shells by a local artist and a wood-panelled bath.
You don’t want to miss the opportunity to tuck into the Northumbrian menu on offer at the restaurant here. Starters include Craster kipper pâté and Pan Haggerty, while the fish pie is made with the catch of the day from North Shields’ Fish Quay. The pub is equally keen to showcase regional delicacies, with Beadnell Blonde and Lindisfarne Holy Island Bitter on tap, or Lindisfarne Gin and White Knight Alnwick Rum if you’re after something a little stronger. The elegantly decorated rooms include stand-alone baths and wooden work desks.
Only a 25-minute drive from Bamburgh Castle is the beautiful Alnwick Castle; book your room in one of the best hotels near the Norman fortress now with Culture Trip. If you want to explore more of Northumberland, try the most luxurious hotels in the county.
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