Bamburgh Castle

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Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

1. Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

On this 9.5-hour excursion from Edinburgh you’ll visit the picturesque town of Coldsream and the inspiring Bamburgh Castle. But it’s Alnwick Castle that’s the main destination of the day. It’s been a key filming location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey and is a historic location in its own right. You will leave Edinburgh in the morning and head east to the Scottish Borders. Enjoy the views of gently rolling hills and dramatic coastlines along the way.  The first stop is the beautiful coastal town of Bamburgh. Take a stroll to the stunning beach and view the picturesque 5th-century Bamburgh Castle sitting on a natural throne of volcanic dolerite. In the afternoon you’ll visit Alnwick Castle. Admire the large stately rooms and the stunning architecture or learn a little about all the popular films and TV shows filmed at the site, including Harry Potter. After spending time in Alnwick, you will return over the border and into Scotland.  The final stop is Coldstream's border town, which lies on the north side of the River Tweed. Hear about the turbulent past of this charming town before your journey ends in Edinburgh in the early evening.

Northumberland: Private Bamburgh and Lindisfarne Guided Tour

2. Northumberland: Private Bamburgh and Lindisfarne Guided Tour

Visit Bamburgh, a town in the heart of Northumberland. See the famous Bamburgh Castle, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and visit St. Aiden's Church.  Start your day with a pickup from your hotel or meet your guide at the meeting point, depending on which option you choose. Listen as your guide explains the history of this fortress town and the neighboring island. Then, enjoy a guided tour around Bamburgh Castle, which has stood guard above the spectacular Northumberland coastline for over 1,400 years. Stroll through one of the largest inhabited castles in the country, known as the king of castles. The first castle in the world to fall to gunpowder in the War of the Roses.  Next, head to Lindisfarne, famous for both the Lindisfarne Gospels and being one of the first locations in the United Kingdom to be attacked by the Vikings. Known as the cradle of English Christianity, recognizing the monastery's importance in the Dark Ages.  Afterward, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Bamburgh.

From Newcastle: Bamburgh Castle & Anglo-Saxon Kings Tour

3. From Newcastle: Bamburgh Castle & Anglo-Saxon Kings Tour

Journey back in time on this private trip from Newcastle. Explore Bamburgh Castle with a guide, visit Ad Gefrin, the first whiskey distillery in England, and learn about the ancient Kings of Northumbria at the Anglo-Saxon Museum. Leave Newcastle and head out into Northumbria. First, visit Ad Gefrin, and learn about the early process of distilling whiskey. Next, explore the Anglo-Saxon Museum. Learn about Northumbria's history as a powerful kingdom in the British Isles and hear stories of its cunning and ferocious kings. Next, travel to Bamburgh to visit St. Aidan’s Church and Bamburgh Castle. Explore these ancient sites before returning to your accommodation at the end of the day.

From York: One-Way Tour To Edinburgh with Hadrian's Wall

4. From York: One-Way Tour To Edinburgh with Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a relaxing journey through the scenic landscape of northern England and the Scottish Borders as you travel between York and Edinburgh on this tour by luxury vehicle. Benefit from a stress-free, door-to-door journey that takes in sights such as Bamburgh Castle along the way. Start your journey with convenient pickup from your accommodation in York. Avoid expensive taxis or the hassle of public transportation. Instead, let your driver help you with your luggage and settle down into the back of your Mercedes Benz V Class for your trip. Travel from England to Scotland in a hassle-free way and witness the landscape slowly change through your window. Stretch your legs at the tour's first stop in the Yorkshire Dales National Park or historic County Durham. Continue your journey through the wild terrain of northern England. Make a further stop at Hadrian's Wall, the famous border between England and Scotland. Alternatively, explore the tiny coastal villages and mighty castles of the Northumbria coastline. Cross the Scottish border, and admire the pretty landscapes of the border country and/or Scottish coast. Complete your journey by rolling into Edinburgh, the iconic and historic Scottish capital.

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What people are saying about Bamburgh Castle

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 47 reviews

The tour was great. The guide was wonderful and friendly. She made sure to talk to each of us. She was also knowledgeable about each site and had great stories to tell. The time spent at each site was just the right amount of time, never felt like we were being rushed. We visited two castles, with other stops along the way. Plenty of breaks.

Alex was fantastic! He had so much knowledge of the history of Scotland & England and it was wonderful to be able to ask questions. I am a huge The Last Kingdom fan so it was amazing to share information about true history versus historical fiction. Ales is a wonderful guide! Book him and you won't be disappointed! Judy Hockenbrough

Lovely experience driving through to east Lothian. Our guide Connor was friendly and helpful, gave us information about history as well as nice places to explore within the spots. We loved the scenic view of the beach in Bamburg and driving near the Northumbria coastline apart from Alnwick. Overall, a day well spent exploring.

conor was such a nice guide, i was able to see some pretty amazing castle and im really happy with my choice of tour

Beautiful countryside and Alnwick Castle is amazingingly beautiful. We enjoyed the Harry Potter information as well.