Bamburgh Castle was once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria.
It has stood guard over the beautiful north east coast for over 1400 years.
Located on the border between Scotland & England it has changed hands many times, witnessing many bloody battles and steeped in legends.
Bought by the 1st Lord Armstrong in 1874 his family transformed this North East icon from a decaying ruin to the glorious castle it is today. It has an amazing display of armour, weapons, artifacts, china, paintings, woven tapestries and priceless sculptures.
One such sculpture is ‘The Ghost Horse’ made out of 200 kg of glass and coloured with a silver agent. It was actually modeled after a horse called Silver.
There are no dogs allowed inside the castle grounds but the castle sits on top of cliffs over-looking a long stretch of white sandy beach, washed clean by the North Sea.
The admission is eleven pounds. I was thrilled to get the chance at last, to see this wonderful castle and appreciate once again the area where I spent much of my childhood.
I had just spent the best part of a year reading all of Bernard Cromwell’s books on the early inhabitants of Bamburgh Castle. On a recent holiday back home my cousins planned this visit as a surprise trip and it will live in my memories forever. A big thank you to George and Margaret, John and Sheila.
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