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With its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period, Bamburgh has dominated its volcanic outcrop and the surrounding countryside for centuries.
From its humble wooden palisade to the impressive stone walls of today it strikes an iconic pose on the Northumbrian coastline.
Open all year round it welcomes visitors to enjoy the grounds and staterooms. From the medieval kitchen to grandeur of the Victorian Kings Hall there are fourteen rooms to explore.
Housed within are over 3000 artefacts ranging from porcelain plates and figurines to arms and armour. With a beautiful collection of clocks, furniture and paintings helping to maintain a homely feeling about the place.
Outside, their are battlements with incredible views out over the beaches and north towards Lindisfarne and inland towards the Cheviot hills.
The old Victorian laundry houses the Armstrong and Aviation Museum, a fascinating collection of aviation artefacts including engines, propellers and even the wreckage of a crashed Spitfire.
The summer months see an art gallery in the stables, the work of the local artist Peter Phillips, an incredible talent who works in a variety of media to produce stunning images of the county.
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If you’re looking for a unique wedding venue in the north east, look no further than the stunning Bamburgh Castle. Bamburgh's fairy-tale location overlooks miles of breath-taking coastline, providing a spectacular backdrop for your wedding that will really wow your guests.
We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships in in the grandeur of the King's Hall, rebuilt as the castle's centrepiece by Lord Armstrong in the 19th century. With rich teak panelled walls, the King’s Hall is capped with an ornate ceiling and overlooked by a beautiful stained glass window.
Ceremonies can also take place in the Cross Hall, crowned by light from the soaring windows and surrounded by works of art. The Hall seats up to 150 guests.
From the moment you make an enquiry, our experienced team will work with you to plan your day and ensure it’s stress free – ready for you to start your very own fairy-tale.
Filming and Photography
Standing guard from its rocky outcrop above miles of empty beaches it’s easy to see why this majestic building has such an impressive film and television pedigree.
From the 1927 drama Huntingtower directed by epic British filmmaker George Pearson to modern day TV series like How the Celts Saved Britain, the castle has welcomed some of the greatest actors and presenters during the course of television and movie history.
Richard Burton came to Bamburgh to shoot scenes for “Becket” with Peter O’Toole in 1964 bringing screen idol Elizabeth Taylor on location with him. It’s harsh beauty and history has captivated directors like Roman Polanski who filmed a violent interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at the castle in 1971. In the same year acclaimed director Ken Russell chose Bamburgh as the backdrop for cult film, “The Devils” starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave.
The castle enjoys more than its fair share of legends and myths. The medieval fortress is thought by many to be the original site of Sir Lancelot's castle, Joyous Garde.
Over the years the castle has starred in many a historical epic including the 1952 adaption “Ivanhoe” starring Elizabeth Taylor, “El Cid” with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren in 1961, the 1972 film "Mary Queen of Scots" with Glenda Jackson and more recently “Elizabeth” with Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes in 1998.
The castle’s archaeological and historical discoveries have featured in the recent BBC series of How the Celts Saved Britain, Coast, Meet the Ancestors and Time Team as well as Sky’s Discovery channel.
Why not follow in the footsteps of the movie greats and consider Bamburgh Castle as a possible location?Disability Access:
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