Photo: James West

Be utterly overwhelmed by the majestic Dunstanburgh Castle ruins and soak in the spectacular views of the North Sea. Inside the castle, visitors will get to explore the twin towers of the giant gatehouse-keep and immerse themselves in Scottish history.

Set on a remote headland off the coast of Northumberland, the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle command the primary position for defending the north eastern coastline. Visitors will be enthralled by the breathtaking scenery and the panoramic views of the North Sea on one side and the vast Northumberland countryside on the other.

The castle was built in the 14th century as a home to the Earls of Lancaster. The last private owner of the ruins donated the site to the Ministry of Works in 1949; the ruins are a scheduled monument and Grade 1 Listed Building of historical importance.

In the summer, the area is transformed into a grassy meadow; there is nothing better than exploring the inside of the castle ruins before heading off for an open air picnic. Sit right on the headland itself and the view of the sparkling sea along the coastline.


Dunstanburgh Rd, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3TT
Tel: 01665 576231
Times: April – September, daily, 10:00 – 17:00
October, daily, 10:00 – 16:00
November – March, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00