Bamburgh Castle is an imposing castle built on a basalt outcrop at Bamburgh in Northumberland. The site was previously home to native britons, anglo-saxons and vikings. The present castle was developed by the Normans to become one of the most powerful castles of the North, playing an important role in warding off numerous Scottish invasions.
In 1464 during the Wars of the Roses, it became the first castle in England to be defeated by artillery, at the end of a nine-month siege by Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick. It was reduced to a ruinous state, and natural decay followed with the resulting neglect.
It was restored by various owners during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was finally bought by the Victorian industrialist William Armstrong, who completed the restoration.
More information, including admission times and costs can be found on the Bamburgh Castle website:
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