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On a cottage holiday, Bamburgh is well worth a visit. Bamburgh has one of the finest, award-winning beaches to be found anywhere on the Northumberland coast and, together with its imposing fortress, Bamburgh Castle, is one of the most common images used to promote the region. Visible from miles around, the castle dominates this small town, whose population swells with visitor numbers during the summer months but which remains a quiet, pleasant seaside town during the off season.
The village has everything to meet the needs of those enjoying a holiday cottage stay in the area, with a grocer, butcher, newsagent, pubs, restaurants and gift shops clustering around the village green and with a fine golf course just a short drive away. Miles of stunning sandy beach attracts walkers, whilst the relatively quite roads make cycling a pleasant activity and a relaxed way to discover the breathtaking Northumberland coast at leisure. Bamburgh, Seahouses and many of the other villages that pepper the coastline have excellent golf courses. Bird watching at the reserves on the Farne Islands and at Budle bay often reward the enthusiast with some rare sightings.
Bamburgh is an ancient dwelling site; the origins of St. Aidan’s church in the village date back to 635AD when St. Aidan made the journey from Iona to Lindisfarne. Bamburgh’s most famous daughter is one Grace Darling, who, together with her father, saved the lives of many in 1838 when the SS Forfarshire went down off the coast. Nowadays, a museum dedicated to her memory provides a fascinating insight into the life in the region at the time along with the story of her heroic deed. The museum, which underwent extensive refurbishment this year, houses the original ‘coble’, or traditional Northumberland fishing vessel, used by Grace and her father to carry out their rescue mission. Personal artefacts, memorabilia and reconstructions combine to offer an informative visit to commemorate the life and times of Bamburgh’s bravest citizen.
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