Bamburgh Castle is currently basking in the warm glow of publicity following several television appearances over the summer. Most notable was ‘Tales from Northumberland’, following Robson Green as he visited the people and places of his home county. Bamburgh, with its stunning views both seaward to the Farne Islands and landward to the Cheviots, is generating a lot of interest from the group and travel trade market. With over 3,000 artefacts in fourteen rooms, including an amazing collection of china, porcelain, arms, armour, furniture and artworks, and the Armstrong & Aviation Artefacts museum housed in the old laundry, there is a vast amount to see and enjoy at Bamburgh Castle. The Stable Gallery also houses an exhibition of paintings by the celebrated Northumbrian artist Peter Phillips, with hundreds of images in a variety of media depicting the castle and village.
The castle is happy to accommodate groups not just during its opening hours, when it offers free guided tours at certain times, but can also arrange out of hours tours to suit. The 62 seat cafeteria serves a variety of hot and cold meals and snacks. There is parking for several coaches, and turning space, and they will feed and water the drivers! Bamburgh Castle offers groups of fifteen or more a 20% discount on normal ticket prices and they are happy to invoice after the visit if preferable.
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Northumberland may be known for its stunning castles, breath-taking coastline and wild countryside, but it is also home to a number of museums offering a fascinating glimpse into the history of this beautiful border county. Museums & Archives Northumberland operates four separate museums exploring local history. In the west of the county in Hexham, groups can visit the oldest purpose-built prison in England. Hexham Old Gaol was built in the 14th century to house prisoners from turbulent borderland skirmishes and reiver disputes. Visitors descend into the dungeon, watch the film, try out the stocks, meet the family and imagine life in this lawless land, as well as having a chance to see if their surname has reiver roots too.
At Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, visitors can learn about Northumberland’s special musical heritage and its very own bagpipes. A small instrument with a delicate chant takes centre stage among a wonderful collection of instruments from around the world. This free museum is right in the town centre above a wonderful craft centre.
Closer to the coast is the Woodhorn Museum. Located in historic colliery buildings, the museum takes a fascinating and fun look at our industrial past. Groups can explore the original buildings then enjoy a journey through a 20th century mining community. Woodhorn is home to the main collection of art produced by the Pitmen Painters – a group made famous by Lee Hall’s play Billy Elliot – so visitors can enjoy the artists’ own special interpretation of life before relaxing in the glass walled café. Admission to Woodhorn is free but for a small charge, themed guided tours can be booked for groups.
The history of border town Berwickupon- Tweed in the very north of Northumberland is brought to life at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery. Situated within the barracks site, a recreated town captures the atmosphere and characters of this seaside town. The gallery is also home to the Burrell Collection, which includes stunning ceramics and artistic masterpieces.