Visit the Bones
A unique experience to see the final resting place of the Bamburgh Bones.
The crypt of St Aidan’s Bamburgh remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The chancel of the main church is now open daily from 10am to 4pm for private prayer. Access is restricted to the Chancel end and is via the Chancel side door. This enables access close to the altar and to the shrine of St. Aidan.
Please follow the instructions and use the hand sanitiser provided if you intend to visit the chancel for your quiet worship.
When you visit, please take care going down the steps and be aware that it is quite dark inside the crypt. Details.
Call 01670 622648 for information
Crypt Guided Tours
One of the best ways to explore the crypt is with our trained Guides who’ll tell you all about its fascinating history, characters and events.
Private tours of the crypt can be booked by contacting us on 01670 622648 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming soon: download and follow our trail map to guide you on a journey through Bamburgh's rich and storied heritage.
A visit to the Crypt...
Descending into the cool dark crypt is a unique experience not to be missed.
The rows of ossuary boxes, each containing human bones, is a memorable sight. Here you can discover the fascinating story of their excavation and have the opportunity to ‘meet’ some of the individuals that lived and worked in Bamburgh 1,400 years ago.
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Schools and Research
The Bamburgh Bones team is currently consulting on delivery of learning opportunities in the near future. If you'd like to be first to hear about these please contact email@example.com.
St Aidan’s Church is a Grade I Listed building dating in parts to the 12th century. Therefore it is not possible to make the crypt fully accessible. Access to the crypt is via an external staircase at the east end of the church. To get to the steps it is necessary to walk across the grassed graveyard, the ground is uneven in places and can be slippery when wet (see video of the approach).
Once at the crypt door there are two more steps onto a level platform. From here it is possible to view the projection and the entrance to the 2nd crypt where the ossuary is housed. The projection has an audible narration and written transcriptions will be available.
The projection is also available with subtitles, along with access to the digital ossuary, at the rear of the church. A ramp is stored in the porch of the church to enable wheelchair access to the church.
On street parking is available all year round and is located around the Grove. Dedicated disabled parking is at the public carpark to the west of the castle. There are no toilets in the church but the public toilets are located 500 metres from the church and are open all year round.