Just up the coast from the holiday cottage at Boulmer is arguably the finest castle in England, certainly for its views and beach. It sits on an outcrop of basalt on the edge of the North Sea at Bamburgh, Northumberland with breathtaking views of the Farne Islands, Holy Island and inland to the Cheviot Hills.
The castle was renovated first by Lord Crewe in the 1750's and more recently by the first Lord Armstrong at the end of the 19th century. The castle continues to be the seat of the Armstrong family.
As well as visiting the castle and the Armstrong museum, the area surrounding Bamburgh Castle is well worth the trip. There are a number of cosy tea-rooms and a pub for refreshments and shops catering for both local needs and those of visitors.
Like much of this coastline, there are miles of sandy beaches for those who like a walk, and the relatively light traffic on the roads makes cycling good fun if the weather is good.
Opening times (correct at time of publication, please double check)
Saturday 10th March until 31st October daily from 11am - 5pm. Last entry is at 4-30pm. Allow plenty of time as there is a lot to see.