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Dunstanburgh Castle
 Dunstanburgh Castle
  A spectacular castle in a dramatic setting
Dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313, and the latest archaeological research carried out by English Heritage indicates that he built it on a far grander scale than was hitherto recognised, perhaps more as a symbol of his opposition to the king than as a military stronghold. The innovative gatehouse, for instance, competed with the new royal castles in Wales.
The earl failed to reach Dunstanburgh when his rebellion was defeated, being taken and executed in 1322. Thereafter the castle passed eventually to John of Gaunt, who strengthened it against the Scots by converting the great twin towered gatehouse into a keep. The focus of fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces, but subsequently fell into decay. Its impressive ruins now watch over a headland famous for seabirds.
Dunstanbugh Castle is owned by The National Trust and entry is free to NT members. The property is maintained and managed by English Heritage.

Dunstanburgh Castle - view of the Gatehouse when approaching from Craster
The Castle Gatehouse
Embleton Bay - view North from Dunstanburgh Castle
Embleton Bay

How to find us
By Car:Parking in Craster village; approx 1½ miles walk. A charge is payable.
By Bus:Arriva 401, 501 Alnwick-Belford with connections from Berwick-upon-Tweed and Newcastle (passing Metro Haymarket); alight at Craster 1½ miles.
Telephone: 01670 533128 for further details
By Train:Chathill (U), not Sunday, 5 miles from Embleton, 7 miles from Castle; Alnmouth, 7 miles from Craster, 8 miles from Castle.
Telephone:  Telephone +44 (0)1665 576231
Admissions (2018)
Children under 16
Children under 5
Family Group
Daily opening times (2018)
30 Mar -   2 Sep:
  3 Sep - 30 Sep:
  1 Oct -   4 Nov:
  5 Nov - 23 Dec:
24 Dec - 26 Dec and 1 Jan (2019):
27 Dec - 31 Dec:
  2 Jan - 17 Feb (2019):
18 Feb - 22 Feb (2019):
23 Feb - 31 Mar (2019):
 daily, 10am - 6pm
 daily, 10am - 5pm
 daily, 10am - 4pm
 Sat-Sun, 10am - 4pm
 daily, 10am - 4pm
 Sat-Sun, 10am - 4pm
 Daily, 10am - 4pm
 Sat-Sun, 10am - 4pm
Note: Last admission 30 minutes before closing time
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