Bamburgh Castle reveals plans to reopen grounds after closure lasting nearly 150 days

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Bamburgh Castle is planning to reopen its grounds later this month in line with the easing of England’s lockdown restrictions.

It will reopen to visitors on Monday, March 29 when heritage sites are earmarked to be given the green light to reopen their grounds for recreational purposes.

It is also the earliest date when the ‘Stay at Home’ message is set to be lifted, allowing people to meet outside in groups up to a maximum of six, or with one other household.

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Francis Watson-Armstrong, owner of Bamburgh Castle said: “We are excited to be working towards reopening the castle for visitors after being closed for almost 150 days.

Bamburgh Castle. Picture by Charlotte GrahamBamburgh Castle. Picture by Charlotte Graham
Bamburgh Castle. Picture by Charlotte Graham

"We are, however, acutely mindful that the lockdown roadmap is subject to change and we will be following Government advice and regulations closely.

“While the castle has been closed for an unprecedented period of time, we’ve been busy behind the scenes carrying out essential maintenance to conserve the fabric of the castle and its collections and making ongoing preparations to welcome visitors and staff back securely.”

He added: “Bamburgh Castle was one of the first attractions in the country to be awarded the industry standard ‘We’re Good To Go’ in recognition of our rigorous Covid-secure measures. We’ve bolstered that with the addition of a further quality assurance, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s global Safe Travels stamp.

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“The safety of our visitors and staff remains our absolute priority. As before, we’ll be operating enhanced cleaning, social distancing and one-way routes, limiting visitor numbers and installing additional WC facilities and hand sanitiser stations throughout the site. The rule of six or visiting with one other household regulations will also apply.”

Due to current Government restrictions, the castle’s staterooms and Armstrong and Aviation Museum will remain closed until May 17 at the earliest. Takeaway food and drink will be available.

As visitor numbers are restricted to allow social distancing, visitors are advised to pre-booked advance ground tickets which include fast track entry. Grounds tickets priced at £6.00 for adults / £3.00 children / £16 family (two adults and up to three dependants aged up to 16)are available at

Dogs are allowed into the castle grounds free of charge.

Bamburgh Castle grounds will be open from 10am until 5pm with last admission at 4pm.

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