While travelling through Northumberland, which is in the northeast of England, bordering on Scotland, back in January of this year, after a work related visit, I was allowed to pick a castle (travelling with my husband)  Bamburgh Castle was at the top of my bucket list for Northumberland……little did I know its a weekend castle.  We tried to visit on a Thursday, oh the disappointment, its only open at the week ends, to say the least I was quite, well lets say…..not happy. The weather for January was beautiful, although a little cold, the sun had some warmth in it, so I got out the car and made do with taking some photos of the exterior.  There is a nice big car park in front of the castle, which is quite handy, as it is a steep walk from the village, but remember, its a week end castle.

You can find loads of information online about the castle, but the following I found interesting, the restoration of the castle.

…The Castle was badly damaged by gunfire during a siege by the Yorkists during the War of the Roses in 1464 and left in a ruinous state. After the Union of the Crowns in 1603, having lost its military usefulness, the Castle was granted into the hands of the Forster family.

The Forsters were bankrupt by the beginning of the 18th century and the estate passed into the ownership of Nathaniel Lord Crewe, Archbishop of York, on whose death it formed part of a charitable trust, administered in the later 18th century by Dr John Sharp. It was Dr Sharp who began the restoration process creating a school for girls and hostel for shipwrecked mariners.

At the end of the 19th century, William 1st Lord Armstrong purchased the castle and rebuilt the living quarters of the castle on a lavish scale. The castle is still occupied in the present day.

Today, as it has always done, the castle rock and the structures on it have an impressive brooding presence over the surrounding landscape, perhaps the most recognisable structure in the Northumbrian landscape…

6 Replies to “Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland”

  1. That place is massive! I do hope you get back on a weekend sometime. Till then, these are great pictures. The closer you get under those walls, the more it seems to be looming over you. Can’t imagine attacking it! 🙂

    1. Thank you, hopefully we are going to take the motorhome for a week in April next year, there are lots of lovely castle and churches to visit, and we will make a return visit to the castle 🙂

  2. I didn’t know Bamburgh was only open at weekends in winter! But yes, what a fantastic place – I’ve only ever seen it from a distance. You would probably need all weekend to take it in. Lovely pics, Lynne.

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