Bamburgh Castle in competition to be named UK’s best

Bamburgh Castle reflected in the wet sand. Picture by Darren Chapman.
Bamburgh Castle reflected in the wet sand. Picture by Darren Chapman.

Bamburgh Castle is in the running to be crowned the nation’s best – but it needs votes to take the title.

The iconic castle is one of 12 shortlisted by holidaylettings.co.uk in a contest to find the best castle to visit across the UK.

Others in the list are Berkeley; Colchester; Dunnottar; Durham; Edinburgh; Lincoln; Ludlow; Raby; Skipton; Stirling; and Windsor.

The website’s description of Bamurgh Castle is: ‘This iconic northern castle rightly claims its title of the King of Castles. Sitting atop a rocky outcrop, it reigns over coast and countryside.

‘Once the capital of Northumbria, it was home to Anglo-Saxon royalty before playing a pivotal role in the Wars of the Roses.

‘Rebuilt and repurposed as school, hospital and the world’s first coastguard station. Now, it welcomes over 150,000 visitors a year who come to admire both the building and its spectacular views.’

Reflecting on making the shortlist, Chris Calvert, the castle’s director, said: “To make the shortlist when there are so many fantastic castles in the UK is great. I hope with our worldwide fan base we can get a great result.”

Voting runs until midnight on June 20. To vote, click here