Bamburgh is generally regarded as one of the premier tourist destinations in Northumberland. It is up there with Alnwick and Cragside. The village is dominated by the castle which sits on a massive rock outcrop and looks down on the cricket club and shops.
The castle is open daily from mid February through to the end of October. It offers spectacular views, ancient rooms and many ghost stories. When you stop to think that this site has been occupied for the last 7,000 years then you can appreciate why there are ghosts here!
Bamburgh itself is small with only 454 people registered as living there when the 2001 census was completed. However when you see the cars, shoppers and families strolling around it is hard to believe that its not closer to a thousand or more. This is a bustling village with many attractions.
The story of Grace Darling and how she rescued sailors is a major attraction with both a small museum and of course her grave being worth a visit.
But for most people it is really the beach which is the reason for coming here. The golf course car park costs £2 for all day parking and there are public toilets. The beach is so large that even on a bank holiday there is plenty of room. You will see surf boarding, kiting and horses here. It is that popular.
To the south lies the ever popular seaside town of Seahouses with its busy streets, boat trips to the farne islands and of course fish and chips. However they are at opposite ends of the spectrum in many ways. Bamburgh has money and wealth. Seahouses represents a good old fashioned British beach holiday with amusement arcades, candy floss, chips and crazy golf.
To the north of Bamburgh you have Budle Bay, Lucker and the road then leads on to Lindisfarne.
Whether you are planning to stay in a hotel, b&b or one of the great self catering cottages you can be sure of a good holiday at Bamburgh.
This picture shows the beach and in the background the castle.
This article was written by Mike Holly who has often visited the magnificent beaches at Bamburgh.