Bamburgh Castle June 1973.jpg
Bamburgh in 1973
Bamburgh is located in Northumberland
Bamburgh shown within Northumberland
Population414 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Bamburgh
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE69
Dialling code01668
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
55°36′14″N 1°43′20″W / 55°36′14″N 1°43′20″W / 55.604; -1.7222

Bamburgh (ə/ BAM-bər-ə) is a village and civil parish on the coast of Northumberland, England. It had a population of 454,[1] decreasing to 414 at the 2011 census.[2]

The village is notable for the nearby Bamburgh Castle, a castle which was the seat of the former Kings of Northumbria, and for its association with the Victorian era heroine Grace Darling, who is buried there.

The extensive beach by the village was awarded the Blue Flag rural beach award in 2005. The Bamburgh Dunes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, stand behind the beach. Bamburgh is popular with holidaymakers and is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


The site now occupied by Bamburgh Castle was previously home to a fort of the indigenous Celtic Britons known as Din Guarie[3] and may have been the capital of the kingdom of Bernicia, the realm of the Gododdin people,[4] from the realm's foundation in c. 420 until 547, the year of the first written reference to the castle. In that year the citadel was captured by the Anglo-Saxon ruler Ida of Bernicia (Beornice) and became Ida's seat.[5]

Late medieval British author Thomas Malory identified Bamburgh Castle with Joyous Gard, the mythical castle home of Sir Launcelot in Arthurian legend.[6]

Other Languages
català: Bamburgh
Cymraeg: Bamburgh
Deutsch: Bamburgh
español: Bamburgh
Esperanto: Bamburgh
فارسی: بامبورگ
français: Bamburgh
Frysk: Bamburgh
Gaeilge: Dún Guaire
italiano: Bamburgh
Nederlands: Bamburgh
norsk: Bamburgh
norsk nynorsk: Bamburgh
polski: Bamburgh
português: Bamburgo
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Bamburgh
svenska: Bamburgh
Volapük: Bamburgh