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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  • Nice walk down the beach then rewarded with a great castle! Make sure you take your walking boots as can get a bit muddy. Worth it if you are a national trust or English heritage member but expensive otherwise.
  • Fantastic place. Loads for the children to see. The nearest toilet is unfortunately a good 20 minute walk away.
  • The staff were great, the castle was great. It is far, far away from the car park. A brisk 20 minute walk through fields
  • Anyone who saw the Film the "Vikings " staring Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis will know that Dunstanburgh Castle was the back drop for the saxon castle being attacked by the vikings led by the two stars. If you expected to view this castle as it appeared in the Film you will be bitterly disappointed. It is a total ruin with only the main gateway showing stone work to any great hight. The walls and turrets are no more and the interior is nothing more that a sea of grass. Full marks to Hollywood on some very clever graphics. No matter which way you approach the castle it will be on foot. Is it worth the bother? , well if you like sea views and sea life yes, exploring history, no. I first paid a visit to the castle over 40 years ago and nothing has changed in all that time.
  • Beautiful castle but a long walk for small children. The village of craster is worth a visit on it's own. Views are incredible.
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