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Dunstanburgh Castle

One of the most dramatic castles on the Northumberland coast, construction of Dunstanburgh was begun in 1313 by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. Later strengthened by John of Gaunt, the castle enjoyed a brief period in the historical spotlight during the Wars of the Roses in the 1460's, before lapsing into disuse. However, history's loss is our gain as the stark ruins of the castle provide a dramatic focus for the coast a little over a mile north of Craster.

The attraction of the ruins is supplemented by the spectacular location and the superb views, particularly from the curtain wall on the northern cliffs.

 

The castle is home to a diverse range of birds; kittiwakes, razorbills, fulmars and shags nest on the cliffs. Swallows and house martins quarter the grounds for insects and birds of prey such as peregrines and short eared owls are occasional visitors. Eider ducks, with their chicks, can be seen on the rocky shores and visiting grey seals patrol the coast.

Dunstanburgh Castle can only be reached on foot, there is no vehicular access. Take the gate to the north of Craster harbour and follow the flat grassy path by the edge of the shore; a distance of 1¼ miles. Parking for visitors to the castle is in the main Craster car park next to the Tourist Information Centre.

Dunstanburgh Castle, managed by English Heritage, but National Trust membership secures entry also, is open in 2012 to the public as follows:

January 2nd to March 31st

10am to 4pm, weekends only

April 1st to September 30th.

10am to 5pm, every day

October 1st to November 4th

10am to 4pm, every day

November 5th to March 28th 2013

10am to 4pm, weekends only.

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th & 31st December and January 1st

Hot drinks, biscuits and sweets are available from the kiosk at the Castle. Please note, there is no on-site toilet; the nearest are adjacent to Craster TIC.

Dunstanburgh Castle on the National Trust and English Heritage sites.

Dunstanburgh Castle from the north

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