Published On: Sun, Feb 11th, 2024
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The pretty little UK village with a beach overlooked by an 11th century castle | UK | Travel

A pretty little UK village with a beach which is overlooked by an 11th century castle makes for the perfect place for a staycation.

Bamburgh in Northumberland has a stunning beach with golden sands that surround Bamburgh Castle, which was built by the Normans on the site of an Anglo-Saxon fort.

Victorian-era heroine Grace Darling, who achieved national fame as a lighthouse keeper who rescued crew members from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838, is buried in the castle.

Its beach has been awarded the Blue Flag for its safety and Bamburgh Dunes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest standing behind the beach.

Bamburgh is also home to the Grade I-listed St Aiden’s Church built in the late 12th century and featuring pre-conquest stonework.

The village is also home to the RNLI Grace Darling Museum, named in honour of the town’s heroine, along with quaint cafes and relaxing pubs.

One of the town’s highly-rated cafes is the Copper Kettle Tea Rooms, which was described as “a cute cafe with great cakes, teas and coffees menu, perfect for lunch, with a Ploughman’s to kill for” by one Google reviewer.

Those wishing for a slightly larger bite to eat can also enjoy a number of seafood offerings all made from local produce.

The Potted Lobster in the village centre claims to offer “seasonal seafood such as lobster, squid and oysters”, while those looking for a quick pit stop can visit the Creel and Reel Seafood Trailer.

Not only is it a popular site with tourists, but Bamburgh Castle has also starred in a number of films including Elizabeth and Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth.

Those wishing to experience Bamburgh for themselves can book into the Sunningdale Hotel, which offers rooms with a view of the caslte for £106 per night.

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