National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster

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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. Make National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle a centerpiece of your Alnwick vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Alnwick vacation route planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    It's a long walk from the gate to the castle but totally worth it. castle is very atmospheric and lots of interesting seabirds  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Craster is a pretty little village with a harbour and a few eating options. We parked at the car park just before coming into the village which had a little visitor centre and shop and vitally, toilet...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    The best place to park is at Craster. It has a main car park which can get full on a Summer's day. There is an overflow car park further slightly further out of Craster but it is also more expensive! ...  more »
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  • Plenty of parking in Craster with a lovely 1.5 mile walk along the coast to reach the castle. The castle itself is beautiful, featuring amazing views and has a small shop. Beware that it's not free to enter, however. The first sign you see for the castle in Craster shows opening times but makes no mention of cost until you reach the castle itself. It's £5 for adults and free for English Heritage/National Trust members. Well worth your time.
  • Small village gets a little crowded during busy days , may be a problem parking at times , a fair trek to the Castle , but stunning views to take in en route. No amenities at the Castle (no toilets either). We went on a still sunny day , I imagine it could get a little rough at times on the coastal walk there , go prepared
  • I have walked here many times and will continue to return. Some of the best views along the Northumberland coast.
  • Lovely walk to the castle, but extremely windy. There tends to be a lot of dead sea creatures on the shore so stay off the rocks! Also make sure to go to the toilet as there are no public toilets there! (Lots of bushes).
  • A nice long walk up to the castle, once you're there, you can wander around the interior of the ruined castle walls, and can climb a staircase to see the view from the top of the walls. Take a picnic, as you can't beat the views and there's plenty of room for you to sit and eat. Be warned, it's a long walk from the car park, and there's no toilet facilities in the castle itself.

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