Wait of nearly 200 days over for Bamburgh Castle as it welcomes visitors back inside

Bamburgh Castle’s indoor areas have reopened to visitors once again after almost 200 days.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 11:06 am

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, the doors were opened for visitors to enjoy its 14 staterooms, The Armstrong & Aviation Museum and newly refurbished Clock Tower Tearoom for the first time since November.

Castle owner Francis Watson-Armstrong was there to welcome visitors back inside, as Northumbrian piper Joanne Kemp played a specially composed piece of music, called Bamburgh, to mark the occasion.

Francis said: “It is a very proud day for us all and wonderful to see the castle staterooms alive with visitors once again. The castle needs people to bring it to life – they make its heart beat.

Bamburgh Castle owner Francis Watson-Armstrong and piper Joanne Kemp.

“The past year – and beyond – has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone. It is a huge relief to be able to reopen once again – and to see our fellow tourism and hospitality businesses open after what has been a painfully long time.

“The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and our team is our utmost priority.

"We have invested heavily in fortifying Bamburgh Castle as a Covid-secure attraction and are delighted that we can welcome visitors back inside once more and have an exciting line up of events over the coming months.

“I would like to thank our team who have worked incredibly hard conserving the staterooms and their collections throughout our closure and who have done a magnificent job preparing them for visitors to enjoy once again. We would like to thank everyone who has sent us well wishes and messages of support ahead of our reopening and we look forward to welcoming you back.”

Piper Joanne Kemp at Bamburgh Castle as it reopened indoors.

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