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A trip to the past at imposing Bamburgh Castle

One of Northumberland's most famous attractions, the 5th century coastal fort of Bamburgh Castle is well worth a visit. These days it's quite different to the original fortifications, which were destroyed by the Vikings in 993, and today the castle is a composite of work completed between the 11th century and the Victorian era (although the gift shop is a decidedly more modern addition). Visitors will be taken with the grand, imposing structure, and the surrounding countryside and sea views are simply stunning.

Out and about Near Bamburgh

As well as the castle itself, there's lots to do in the surrounding area for outdoors enthusiasts. Hiking in the area is terrific, and keen birders will be thrilled by the waders, seabirds and raptors which inhabit the area. For those looking for more of an adrenaline-fuelled experience, everything from mountain biking to surfing at Bamburgh Beach can be enjoyed in the area.

Experience the Holy Island

Just 10 miles north of Bamburgh Castle is the famous Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Accessible by land at low tide - keep a close eye on the tide tables - this magical and historical isle, which boasts its own famous castle, is a must for anyone visiting the area. Planning a trip to Bamburgh Castle? Travelodge Berwick upon Tweed Hotel is 20 miles north on the A1, making it convenient for both Bamburgh itself and the Holy Island. For visitors heading from the south, Travelodge Newcastle Seaton Burn Hotel and Travelodge Newcastle Gosforth Hotel are equally good options.