Bamburgh is all about the castle, a massive, imposing structure high up on a basalt crag and visible for miles around. The village itself is pleasant but it’s really just about the castle, a real contender for England’s best. Bamburgh Castle is build around a powerful 11th century Norman keep probably built by Henry II. The castle played a key role in the border wars of the 13th and 14th centuries, and in 1464 was the first English castle to fall. The Grace Darling Museum has displays on Bamburgh’s most famous resident, lighthouse keepers, and the small boats they rescued people in.