Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle, English Heritage / National Trust
Alnwick, Northumberland

Average time spent – 1-2 hours.

Things to do Dunstanburgh Castle review

Dunstanburgh Castle sits on the coastline roughly 1.5 miles from Craster. The castle is a ruin; however, it is still interesting to look around and imagine what it looked like before it eventually was left to decay.

The castle was built on a grand scale which we learnt was as a status symbol and not as a stronghold. Even though it looks big from the outside the main part of the castle is quite compact, which is very surprising. However, it does not take away from how breathtaking this castle is.

To get to the castle you must first walk along the coastline towards the Castle. There are no toilets at the castle, so make sure you go before you start walking. The nearest toilets are in Craster at the car park and are free as far as I can remember. I took a baby carrier for my youngest when we visited. However, an all-terrain pram would probably be okay along the grass. There are a few gates to go through as well (make sure all gates are closed behind you to keep livestock safe).

The castle is dog friendly if you are taking your dog(s) with you. Dogs must always be kept on a lead as there is livestock around. I took my two with me and they seemed to enjoy the walk and exploring the castle. It can get rather windy as the castle is exposed to the elements, so make sure you take an extra layer (especially for little ones) in case they get a bit cold.

If you love wildlife, then you shouldn’t be disappointed. There are plenty of opportunities to see birds, dolphins and sometimes whales. So, make sure to keep your eyes peeled and take your camera!

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places now require you to pre-book online in advance.

Dunstanburgh Castle Important Information

Eating – There are no on-site facilities.

Facilities in brief – Ruined castle perfect for exploring. There are no toilets.

Entry price – *FREE for members of the English Heritage AND National Trust or Cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE to English Heritage AND National Trust Members. Cheap prices for if you are not a member at £5.90 per adult without a donation and £3.50 per child aged 5-17. Under 5’s are free and other pricing options are available.

Opening: The castle is open for most of the year. Due to Covid they currently don’t have their full opening schedule online. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome

Information on accessibility

Address: Dunstanburgh Rd, Alnwick NE66 3TT, Northumberland, England. Phone: 01252 671780

With thanks to Sam from Travel with my boys

Category – Historical Property – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages

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