National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster

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#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Alnwick
On a quiet, picturesque coast resides National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle, the largest of its kind in Northumberland. Erected in 1313, the castle was built on a far grander scale than was originally recognized. As the focus of fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces, and subsequently fell into decay. Be sure you explore the twin-towered keep, and walk down to the water to view the ruins from the coastline. A visit to National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Alnwick trip itinerary planning tool to plot your vacation.
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  • A visit to Craster wouldn't feel right unless you've enjoyed a windy walk just above the shoreline to visit the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Keep dogs on leads as grazing sheep live there to...  more »
  • This castle is an anomaly among castles, so finding and discovering the history of Dunstanburgh is exciting in itself. It should be the pinnacle of the NE coast, but the question remains: why was it b...  more »
  • One of my favourite walks in the UK along the coast from Caster to the Castle and then onto Newton. There is a nice pub (The Ship) where you can rest before the return walk. Around 8 miles for the who...  more »
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  • Beautiful ruin, and a nice walk to get there. However, the site felt a little light on information once inside, unless you purchase a guide book. Great views from the top of the tower, though the staircase was fairly congested for a weekday in September. Shame on the original builders for not preempting the domestic tourist boom of the 21st Century ;-)
  • Fantastic location overlooking the beach. Parking is available in Crastor. There is approximately a mile walk (easy) from Crastor Harbour to the Castle. Although under the guardianship of English Heritage, National Trust members get free entry on production of membership cards.
  • Dubstanburgh Castle can be reached by many routes but we went via Craster (use the loo in the visitor centre before you set off as there are none at the Castle!) The views walking to and from are lovely and the Castle itself is very well positioned, both for any attacks and for its views! Had a lovely day.
  • A nice pleasant stroll along the coastline to the castle ruins, parking is OK "spaces are very limited" expect the usual parking fee. Note: to enter the castle you've to pay yet another fee "unless national trust member" facilities are pretty limited. However the views & extended beach walk certainly make up for it...
  • Fantastic walk with superb views and good restoration of some parts of the castle. Plenty for children to do

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