Today was our first tour to Bamburgh travelling there via Kelso and and the border town of Coldstream. Our loyal customer Barbara joined us for her final Borders Journeys tour before heading home to Canada.
The beautiful coastal town of Bamburgh is dominated by Bamburgh Castle. We spent the morning exploring the inner ward and lovely state apartments. The ramparts provide stunning views to Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island plus the Farne Islands. We drove further up the coast to take photographs of the castle from the beach. Returning to Bamburgh we visited the 12th century St Aidan’s Church and admired the beautiful stained glass windows and effigy of Grace Darling. Grace Darling’s memorial can be found in the churchyard plus there is the Grace Darling Museum opposite the church. Afterwards there was time to visit the lovely gift shops.
Leaving Bamburgh we travelled south along the spectacular Northumbrian Coast then onto Alnwick. After exploring the town we visited Barters Books which is the largest secondhand bookshop in Britain. We travelled north along the Northumbrian Coast and stopped at Seahouses for a delicious traditional fish and chips supper.
It has been our pleasure to share the history, beauty and culture of our regions with Barbara during her tours with us. We wish her a safe journey home and ‘haste ye back’.
Looking towards Lindisfarne Castle from Bamburgh Castle
Stained Glass Window in St. Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh
Grace Darling’s Memorial in St. Aidan’s Churchyard, Bamburgh
Barbara at Alnwick Castle
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