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Monday, 21 April 2014

Bamburgh Castle 2014

This Easter we enjoyed a fantastic day out at Bamburgh Castle* I truly believe that Bamburgh castle has something for everyone - there are ruins, an archaeological dig, decadent rooms and fantastic sea views.

The staff at the castle are so friendly and informative and all of them go out of their way to add something extra to your day. Whether it be the car park attendant welcoming you as dragon slayers or a guide in one of the rooms gathering the children together to tell them the myth of the well in the castle, every single member of staff clearly loves their job and welcomes you with a friendly smile (even when your toddler is a little on the over-excited side).

There are lots of parts of the castle to explore. Our first stop were the turrets and cannons. The children loved re-enacting battles and the views to the sea and Farne Islands were fantastic.

After our time exploring we decided to venture into the castle. The castle is an Aladdin's cave and contains many interesting pictures, pieces of furniture and beautifully designed china. I loved browsing the beautiful designs and the children enjoyed looking at the suits of armour and swords on display.

You exit the castle through the dungeon and we had lots of fun scaring the children as we walked through.

We had already spent a good few hours at the castle and decided it was time for a break. There are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic but we decided to try out the tea room as after all, it's not everyday you get the chance to have lunch in a castle. The tearoom was very family friendly with a book corner for children, highchairs and children's meals available. Everything was homemade and looked delicious it was so hard to choose our order. 

We decided on a generous portion of homemade pate with crusty bread and salad, a fruit scone filled with Jam and cream, 2 hot drinks and 3 children's picnic bags (sandwich, crisps, fruit, biscuit and juice) for £25. The food was really lovely and we found it to be fantastic value. Service was very quick too which is always a plus!

We had more of the castle to explore after lunch and headed to the archaeological dig site. There wasn't much going on on the day of our visit but the children loved the sandpit where they could use tools to find their own artefacts. Here is Harry with a piece of pot he discovered.

We then headed to the small Armstrong museum which contains interesting facts and engines, aeroplanes and machines that were designed by Lord Armstrong. The kids loved learning about the different machines.

Back outside we headed to the castle walls and tried our luck and playing old fashioned 'hoop and stick'. Some of us were better at this than others! It was lots of fun to have a go though. Then we ventured over to the stables to watch a wood craftsman who was there for the day for a while.

The gift shop is fairly extensive and a quick browse was a must before heading home.

We had a lovely time at Bamburgh Castle, there is a good mix of parts to explore both indoor and out. The history is amazing and if you do visit then take the time to read the mini guide book you are given on entry. 

Check out Bamburgh Castle's website for up to date entry fee's, opening times  and special events.


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