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You will find Bamburgh in a small corner of Northumberland, located along the coast. It offers residents a picturesque setting with multi-coloured houses, friendly locals and a life away from popular chain and retail favourites. Bamburgh is unique. And if you’re thinking about living here, this guide has you covered with house prices, local amenities and everything else you need to know about moving to Bamburgh

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A brief history of Bamburgh

Bamburgh’s roots come from the castle that still stands today. It was previously a fort for the Celtic Britons known as Din Guarie before becoming the seat of the former kings of Northumbria. By mediaeval times, a village began to develop near the castle. 

Where is Bamburgh

Bamburgh is a village on the coast of Northumberland and has routinely been voted as one of the best places to live in the UK.

Moving to Bamburgh

The largest area is Wee Amble, which is located in the south, while small towns like Alnmouth and Craster are also popular places to buy a home. Expect to find mostly pretty period homes, with new builds a rarity.

Buying in Bamburgh

Because Bamburgh has such a small concentration of homes, finding historical data on house prices can be tricky. On average, you can expect to pay between £900,000 for homes in this sort-after location, which is quite a bit higher than the UK national average of £329,547.

There’s a small selection of estate and letting agents around Bamburgh.

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Renting in Bamburgh

The number of homes available for rent is even smaller than those on sale, meaning rental averages in the area are also hard to come by. Nearby Alnwick has one-bedroom flats for £550 per month and two-bedroom properties for £700 per month, which is likely similar to Bamburgh.

Cost of living

Bamburgh is close to the Northumberland countryside, meaning a scenic stroll is never out of the question. But perhaps its most appealing feature is the extensive beach by the village, which was awarded a Blue Flag award in 2005. 

Bamburgh Village, Northumberland

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Open spaces

Bamburgh is close to the Northumberland countryside, meaning a scenic stroll is never out of the question. But perhaps its most appealing aspect is the extensive beach by the village which was awarded a Blue Flag award in 2005.

Surprisingly, Bamburgh has good travel links, despite its remoteness. You can jump on a train and arrive in Newcastle in 30 minutes, York in 90 minutes and take advantage of direct trains to London.


Expect to find independent shops in Bamburgh, including gift shops, local butchers, bakeries and more. One local shop has even been around for more than 15 years and is a popular deli with local cheeses, ice creams and even sticky toffee pudding.


You are in the right place in Bamburgh for seafood like lobster, squid and oyster. Anyone looking for some pub grub ought to try The Castle In with its local produce.


You might find the odd pub in Bamburgh, but it’s short of traditional nightlife options, such as bars and nightclubs.

Art & culture

Stop by the RNLI Grace Darling Museum for your cultural fix. It commemorates the life of Victorian Britain’s greatest heroine, Grace Darling. There’s also the Country House Gifts Gallery, which sells a range of local items from the village.

Things to do

Bamburgh Castle is, without doubt, the primary attraction in the village. It was the one-time seat for the Kings of Northumbria and has audio tours of the staterooms. The bright white Bamburgh Lighthouse is also worth a visit. 

What’s not to like?

Bamburgh, with its modest population slightly exceeding 400, stands in contrast to the bustling Whitby, a northern coastal town with around 13,000 residents.. Bamburgh can also get wet and windy, meaning this village might not be for everyone.

Who lives there?

Bamburgh has a population of just 400 people.

Typical broadband speeds

The average broadband speed for Northumberland, where Bamburgh is located, is 58 Mbps. This is slightly lower than the UK national average of 67mbps.

Crime rates

The overall crime rate in Bamburgh is hard to measure as it has a population of just 400. However, it’s a village that sees very little crime.

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Last Updated: March 22nd, 2024