Things to see and do at Dunstanburgh Castle

Two visitors near Dunstanburgh Castle
The beach and coastline at Dunstanburgh are well worth an explore National Trust / John Millar

Visit us to enjoy walks, wildlife and much more as you help us to ensure the future of our special place by discovering its past

Dramatic waves crashing

Operated by English Heritage and owned by the National Trust, Dunstanburgh Castle is accessed by footpath.

Kittiwakes on the cliffs

In the summer go behind the castle ruins to hear the Kittiwakes calling on the Whin sill stone cliffs.

Explore the shore

The rock pools that dot the rocky reefs of our shores are full of sea creatures. Look for sea urchins, star fish and other creatures exposed at low tide.


Dunstanburgh Castle is managed by English Heritage. There is a regular programme of events here. Please check the English Heritage website (link below) for more details.


Get active and explore our estate by following one of our walking trails on your visit.
We've two great walks for you to enjoy, just click on the link below to download the secret trail walk onto your smartphone and bring the walk with you or scroll down the page to see our spooky ghost walk.
Download the secret walk trail (PDF / 0.4345703125MB) download

Don't miss

  • The views of the Castle from both Embleton Bay and Craster
  • Buying famous Craster kippers in the village
  • Watching out for wading birds like oyster catchers, dunlin and redshanks
  • The rocky outcrop on which Dunstanburgh Castle sits is the Great Whinn
  • Saddle Rock, the distinctive geological formation on the golf course side of the Castle
  • Looking out for colourful wildflowers like the purple bloody cranesbill
  • Marram and lyme grass grow on the sand dunes