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Dunstanburgh Castle

  • Alnwick
  • Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Castles and Palaces

Attraction Information

Dunstanburgh Castle
This iconic castle ruin was once upon a time one of the largest and most grandiose forts in Northern England, still even now thoroughly dominating an especially beautiful stretch of Northumberland's coastline. It is a reportedly easy walk from Craster along to the castle, assisted by the plethora of sheep and cows for the kids to spot and numerous rock pools on the beach to explore if you've got the weather. Watch out for wading birds like oyster catchers, dunlin and redshanks!
It is very much a ruin and but still sturdy and safe to enter: once inside it's atmospheric enough to get their imaginations going and there's lots of space for kids to run around, pretending to be knights and queens, or princesses and kings, or sea monsters attacking the castle: whatever you like, really! The gift shop can help with this in the form or swords, crowns and what not, so take the pocket money! You can also pick up an excellent guidebook which talks you through the differing rooms, including the presence of the no doubt giggleworthy garderobes (medieval toilets).
There are great views from the top of the tower if you're brave enough to climb all the way and speaking of brave, did we mention the ghost...? The story goes that Sir Guy the Seeker tried and failed to rescue a beautiful maiden from the castle and still haunts the castle to this day, trying to find her. Apparently he's perfectly friendly so not worry, but if the kids get a bit nervous about it you can always distract them with the other rumour about the castle, the one about the secret tunnels...

Opening hours

25th March - 30 September 2016 Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm 1 October - 31st October Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm 1 November - 19 February Weekend 10.00am - 4.00pm


Adult: £4.70 Child: £2.80 Concession: £4.20 Family tickets available.

Travel & Contact Information


Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3TT, England

Phone number



Click here to visit Dunstanburgh Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

No, Dunstanburgh Castle is not wheelchair friendly.

Yes, Dunstanburgh Castle have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Dunstanburgh Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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